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Why Andre 3000 Hasn’t Dropped His Solo Album?

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Antoine “Big Boi” Patton, left, and Andre “Dre” Benjamin of Outkast accept their award for best digital song Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 during the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)

Andre 3000 is one of the most beloved lyricists in hip hop history, but some ponder why he has not released a solo album.

HipHopDx does a special segment via Jeremy Hecht about the iconic Atlanta rapper. Known for his collective work with Big Boi for the legendary rap duo of Outkast, he represented for the “south” before it became the hotbed for hip hop it is today.

Who could forget the timeless moment when he got on the Source Awards stage and proclaimed “the south got something to say” when Outkast got booed in New York after winning “best group” award.

The night was filled with tension as the east coast-west coast hip hop rivalry was bubbling. It was a night where you could see the landscape of hip hop was changing forever as New York had to share the spotlight with other regions on a main stage.

 

Outkast would go on to win coveted awards such as the Grammys for their groundbreaking album “Aquemini”. The lead single “Rosa Parks” was nominated in the category Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 1999 Grammy Awards.  Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, being ranked at number 500. In a 2020 updated list, it was ranked at number 49.

This success was after breakthrough albums “Southernplayalisticcadillacfunkymuzik” and “Atliens”. While recording Aquemini, André 3000 drew influence from reggae music and listened to Bob Marley constantly during the sessions. Andre 3000 also made a change in direction of his music when he dropped Speakerboxxx/The Love Below with The Love Below being his contribution as Big Boi dropped Speakerboxx.

However since that time we have been anticipating the next time Andre 3000 would release a solo project. He has appeared as a guest on singles with artists such as Rick Ross where he still showed his greatness on “Sixteen”. The artist would use double meaning on the song by giving 16 bars and reminiscing when he was 16 with the following.

Summer ’88, or was it ’89
Or was it wintertime, ah, never mind
I’m in my room, boomin’
Drawin’ LL Cool J album covers with crayolas on construction paper
I’m trying to fuck my neighbor, I’m tryna hook my waves up
I’m tryna pull my grades up, to get them saddle lace ups
Before Le Marc was Jacob, before them girls wore makeup
Before my voice would break up, before we’d tour them shake clubs

Top rap stars such as Kendrick Lamar would speak on the genius of Andre’s writing, but similar to Dr. Dre he takes his time to drop projects. That time takes years and here we are in 2021 with fans still wanting more Andre 3000.

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