Where’s Andre 3000?

Rappers are puzzling. Case in point, Andre 3000. The eclectic OutKast member hasn’t put forth a body of work since 2006’s Idlewild, leaving hip-hop fans to question why a stellar MC wants to keep his talents all to himself. While Big Boi pushed out his solo project, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, last year, it’s like hitting the jackpot when hearing Three Stacks on a track these days (it’s that rare). He’s spit a few verses and teamed up for some notable collaborations but it’s apparent the ATLien has taken a giant leap back since Idlewild’s release. A new album may be on the horizon, but it looks to be nowhere in sight. So what has Andre 3000 been doing for the last five years? While we hope he’s been secretly hard at work crafting his solo debut, XXLMag.com takes a look at his moves both in and out of the booth. —Georgette Cline

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  • Classof3000
    2006 - Became a Cartoon Character on <em>Class of 3000</em>
    Three Stacks moved into animated form, voicing the character of Sunny Bridges on the Cartoon Network show, <em>Class of 3000.</em> The cartoon was created, and executive produced by the Grammy-winning rapper, whose character gives up life as a musician to teach at his old stomping grounds.
  • Charlotte
    2006 – Flew With the Birds in “<em>Charlotte’s Web</em>
    Even if rap fans never picked up the 1952 children’s book written by E.B. White, when <em>Charlotte’s Web</em> turned animated in 2006 and featured Andre, they surely paid attention to the flick’s commercials. Benjamin was tapped to take on the roll of Elwyn the Crow, a “little thinker” according to the rapper. He also landed parts that following year in the dramatic film <em>Battle in Seattle</em> and the crime suspense movie ‘Fracture.’
  • DreJay
    2007 - Dre Shows His Age
    Dre landed a sweet spot opening the remix to Jigga’s Kingdom Come single “30 Something.” “My child's in the third grade/His favorite rapper wasn’t rapping till he heard me,” he boasts.
  • WalkitOut
    2007 – Walks Ahead of the Competition
    When Three Stacks joined forces with the likes of Jim Jones on the remix to DJ Unk’s “Walk It Out,” he proved he hadn’t lost a step, spitting lyrics like, “Not saying I'm the best but ‘til they find something better/I am here, no fear write me a letter.”
  • DreRichBoy
    2007 – Steals Rich Boy's Show
    He scored another front-of –the-line verse when it came to Rich Boy’s remix of his 2007 Polow Da Don-produced hit, “Throw Some D’s.” Three Stacks jumped ahead of Jim Jones, Nelly, Murphy Lee and Game, proving that the best lyricists take the lead even if it’s not on their own project.
  • PlayersAnthem
    2007 - Got Married During UGK’s “International Players Anthem”
    Dapper Andre hung up his player hat and put on a tux to wed his lady love in the video for this UGK anthem. As he threw out memorable lyrics still quoted today (“Hate to see ya’ll frown but I’d rather see her smiling”), fans got to see, and hear, Big Boi and Three Stacks reunited on record.
  • DreDevintheDude
    2007 - Talked Shop With Devin the Dude “What a Job”
    Houston rapper Devin the Dude detailed his life pulling “all-nighters” in the booth, calling on the assists from legends Snoop Dogg and Andre 3000. Delivering yet another monster guest verse began to give fans hope that 3000 was working on something.
  • DreLloyd
    2008 - Got Sentimental With Lloyd
    R&B crooner Lloyd had an undeniable hit in 2008 with “You,” which begged for a remix on the hip-hop tip. When Andre 3000 was tapped again by a younger industry dude like Lloyd to star on the new version, it was apparent the OutKast member preferred showing love to the south’s rising artists (i.e. DJ Unk and Rich Boy).
  • Semi-pro
    2008 – Rubbed Elbows With Will Ferrell in <em>Semi-Pro</em>
    Andre 3000 showed his comedic shops alongside funnyman Will Ferrell. He played Clarence Withers, a ladies' man, who is the best player on the fictional Flint Michigan Tropics basketball team.
  • RoyalFlush
    2008 - Reunited with Raekwon on Big Boi’s “Royal Flush”
    OutKast came together on this single that was set to be included on Big Boi’s debut solo album Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, but was canned due to legal complications. The track was the first time the Atlanta rap duo teamed up with Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon since “Skew It on the Bar-B 10 years prior.
  • everybody_575
    2008 – Banded Together for Fonzworth Bentley’s “Everybody”
    Dre popped up on Fonzworth Bentley’s single alongside Kanye West. In the video, Dre starred as a member in a five-man singing group called C.O.L.O.U.R.S. Eye patch in tow, the rapper was far from laying low from the music biz as he two-stepped around in the clip.
  • DreJohnLegend
    2008 – Passed Go With John Legend on “Greenlight”
    By this time, Three Stacks still had no solo album to his name, but he wasn’t sitting idle, coming out of rap’s woodwork to appear on this song off John Legend’s Evolver album. With the help of Andre’s rhymes, the R&B crooner’s single was the second top 40 hit he earned in his career.
  • declare_yourself_600
    2008 – Took Part in “Declare Yourself” Voting Campaign
    In 2008, New York City residents walking in Times Square couldn’t take their eyes off billboards featuring Christina Aguilera and Jessica Alba, their provocative images used to support the “Declare Yourself” ad campaign encouraging youth to vote in the 2008 presidential election. Andre 3000 took part in the initiative as well, only his photo, shot by famed David LaChapelle, featured the OutKast member silenced by his signature bowtie as it was stuffed in his mouth.
  • BenjaminBixby
    2008 – Created the Benjamin Bixby Clothing Line
    Andre 3000 has always been credited with possessing a “uniquely raw style, “ and the rapper relied on that when he dipped his hand in the fashion realm, creating the Benjamin Bixby line. Inspired by college football circa 1935, basic shirts and pants kicked off at $195 at select stores like Barneys.
  • Mugshot
    2009 – Was Arrested for Speeding in Georgia
    The always dressed-to-impress ALTLien was driving his Porsche Carrera at speeds of 109 m.p.h, causing police to refer to the reclusive OutKast rapper as an “accident waiting to happen.” He was subsequently arrested then released after posting a $1,200 bail.
  • OutKast
    2010 – Searched for Shortys on Big Boi’s "Lookin For Ya"
    Last summer, OutKast fans’ prayers were answered when Big Boi and Andre 3000 appeared on another track expected to make the former’s debut solo album. Though it never made the cut – once again due to label politics – Andre’s lust-filled rhymes of fornicating at Ikea brought it back to The Love Below: “Test every piece of furniture to see if it is stable/You want to take it out on me then do it on the table.”
  • DreCiara
    2010 - Three Stacks Rides With Ciara
    Ciara’s “Ride” grabbed the attention of horny dudes everywhere, however, it was the visuals for the song that caused heads to turn in her direction. The ensuing popularity of the song is probably what caused Bei Maejor to produce a bouncier version of the track and Ci Ci’s Jive Records label mate Andre 3000 to spit a closing verse.
  • DreYelawolf
    2010 – Produced and Rapped Alongside Yelawolf on “You Ain't No DJ"
    Yelawolf scored the opportunity of a lifetime when he landed on this Andre 3000-produced track included on Big Boi’s debut solo effort. The veteran rhymer not only crafted the beat, but showcased a teasing of what an OutKast track should sound like with both members on board.
  • Sleazy
    2011 – Dre Gets Sleazy With Kesha
    Surprising as it was to hear Andre 3000 sleaze it up on the remix to Ke$ha’s “Sleazy,” we’re just grateful to have heard him at all. The southern rhymer opens the track as an eight-year-old lyricist, before rapping about the pop star eyeing his ride: “I was gon’ save it for later but later look like maybe/ This crazy lady named Ke$ha is guessing my Mercedes/ Would be all new and frou-frou, but it’s a 1980s.”

  • T

    3 Stacks is top 5 dead or alive, undoubtedly.

    • 614

      But big boi is not…..no he is not so andre 3000 isnt. i didn’t know that you get credit for shit that you did in the group most of his best verses have come from Group albums , meanwhile big boi has been on da grind released a dope ass album has it it all Delivery is nasty,flow is nasty and can be funny sometimes but NOBODY talks about big boi anywhere near the top 10. Andre 3000 has got better with his lyrics and has had some incredible verses has a feathered artist. but top 5 hell no he better then scarface, nas jay big pac krs kool g rap and ,rakim no…..Outkast together is the best group of all time but if yall are not going to respect big boi and put him in the top 10 quit sayin andre is cause he is not

      • $yk

        Outkast Wu-Tang Clan together is the best group of all time

        ^ fixed

        and perhaps andre don’t want to rap right now…

        • yoprince

          outkast, best duo ever, 4 classics in a row.. every other year, starting with their debut.

      • T

        u mad?

        • 614

          have nothing to be mad about but itz crazy that big boi is puttin in way more work than andre and no body even mention him in the top 10 because all his best shit is from the kast albums and he only has two solo’s(yes i dont count idlewiled or speakerboxx/love below a actual kast album) and andre has one and 5 guest feautures and one album and all of a sudden he is the greatest of all time thats ridiculous….@$yk wutang may be the gretest group of all time it could be quest, it could N.W.A,public enemy,run dmc, de la and many more groups like empd and the geto boys ,ugk all of the greatest groups have amazing quality of work(for niggas that actually know whole albums of these group know what im talking about and i left out like 5 others). i have a top 10 of solo artist but groups i can never decide….but i like Outkast there first three have amazing quality

          • $yk

            that correction wasn’t to downplay your likes fam…

            nothing but a healthy music debate

          • kidnothing1

            While Big may outdo Dre occasionally and puts in way more work than him, Andre’s verses are usually way more inventive and clever. Plus the words he uses in his raps are are way more unique than 95% of the rappers. Big Boi doesn’t push the bar of creativity despite being a sick lyricist. If you can’t respect that your whole perspective is wack (not really I just wanted to say that)

          • kidnothing1

            And btw…. Outkas is better than Wutang

  • jamesoshea91

    it seems tht andre gets a pass to do pretty much whatever he wants to do in music. the same type of shit thtwould get any other rapper blackballed.

  • oskamadison

    They forgot to mention Outkast’s The Art Of Storytellin’ pt.4 from DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz:the Album. Dre’s verse on there is one of the illest verses of the past 10 years.

  • black jesus

    bring bol back

  • Justin

    How about ya’ll go to Jive Records and ask them SUITS, bet you THEY KNOW!! Funny they didn’t clear his verse for Big Boi’s Album, Remember: You Ain’t No DJ ft. Yelawolf &…Where’s 3000′s verse?

  • Dub

    Big Boi doesn’t get enough credit for keeping the Outkast brand out there, cause 3 stacks clearly doesn’t sweat it. It’s almost like when Bun B was keepin UGK in niggas ears when Pimp was locked up.

  • E.J.

    About Big Boi’s Dre-featured songs that didn’t make the album, remember that Big Boi’s album was released on Def Jam but Dre is still on LaFace/Jive. So yeah, these label politics do occur.

  • Q4611

    peace to 3 stacks …waitn on a solo from dude…its a shame he doesnt rhyme much these days… a new outkast record would be dope too..

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    best raqpper alive… period

  • Frank Smithers

    Andre is probably couped up in his Stone Mountain house with his sweetheart Tiffany Limos.

  • Seven Benjamin’s friend

    Dear SEVEN BENJAMIN, We all hope that you do not end up like your father who has low self esteem and disrespects himself and women. We hope you have some dignity and get married to one woman one day instead of trying to build your self worth by bedding groupies like your father Andre 3000. Your grandfather Lawrence Walker was never around and your grandmother Sharon Benjamin Hodo had to raise your crooked dad all by herself. Look what happened. Now your own father, Andre 3000, can’t move to Dallas, Texas because he’s broke. He’d rather bed nameless women then spend time with you.

  • Lisa Rayen

    Andre 3000 cannot afford to buy a place in Dallas to be with his son Seven Benjamin????!!!!!! LMAO! LOL! That’s sad. Call him Andre Negative in the bank 3000. HAAAA!!! Andre seems like he’s a dumb rapper who doesn’t know how to handle his money.

  • Sharon Benjamin Hodo

    Andre’s nose is so big because he’s a liar! I cannot wait for all his bad karma to come and get’him. Ladies!!!! This man will tell you he’s single meanwhile he has at least 2 women he’s seeing. He comes to his Buckhead loft to sleep with women then goes to his Stone Mountain house to hang with his Asian girlfriend. Do not believe him when he says he is single. He just wants his cake and eat it too. By the way this dude is broke that is why he has to charge money for these whack verses. Grandpa rapper aka Andre 3000.

  • SHARON BENJAMIN HODO

    ANDRE 3000 IS A SELFISH FUCKHEAD WHO DIDN’T CARE ABOUT HIS OWN SON WHEN HE WAS OUT WHORING HIMSELF TO LOW LIFE GROUPIES AND PUTTING HIS MOUTH ON GARBAGE GROUPIE PUSSY. HE DIDN’T THINK ONE DAY IT WOULD AFFECT HIS SON. YOU WANNA KNOW WHY? BECAUSE ANDRE 3000 IS A SELFISH ASSHOLE WHO ONLY THINKS ABOUT HIMSELF. HE WOULD RATHER BUY A PLACE IN BUCKHEAD,GA THEN IN DALLAS TO BE WITH HIS SON. WHAT A FUCKING LOSER OF A DAD! SEVEN BENJAMIN IS REALLY LUCKY TO HAVE A STUPID FATHER LIKE ANDRE 300

  • Robert L. Hodo

    ANDRE 3000 LETS HIS SON SEVEN BENJAMIN BE TAKEN CARE OF BY ERYKAH’S ASSISTANTS/LOVERS. THAT’S WHY SEVEN ACTS GAY/FEMININE. DRE WOULD RATHER BUY A LOFT IN BUCKHEAD/PORSCHE THAN BUY A HOUSE IN DALLAS TO BE WITH HIS ONLY SON.DRE ALSO LETS SEVEN WALK AROUND LOOKING MALNOURISHED! WHAT KIND OF A FATHER WOULD RATHER STAY IN ATL THAN BE IN THE CITY WHERE THEIR SON IS WHEN THEY HAVE THE MEANS? A DEADBEAT THAT’S WHAT! HOW DID SHARON BENJAMIN HODO RAISE ANDRE 3000? 3 Stacks sleeps with women and never calls them back! What a great role model!

  • fanny mae

    Ladies when dealing with Andre, listen to your gut. Your instincts will never lie. If you think he’s lying to you he probably is. He has a problem with being honest and that’s something that he has to fix within himself. He will conveniently hide info about himself just to get in your pants. If he really likes you he would have introduced you to his mother and son…and the people he works with. Otherwise you’re just a piece of meat to him.

  • kk

    Met Andre 300 and Big Boi on a Carnival Cruise. Andre said he’s working on some stuff…solo album and outkast album, but says he’s real good at procrastinating..

  • kk

    PS, his son Seven was also on the cruise.

  • shittydaddy

    Andre took Seven on the cruise because he feels guilty for not moving to Dallas. He said he’s been working on a solo album since 2004. Gimme a break.

  • mrslovely

    Why are all of you so worried about Andre’s personal life? Is it that you’ve slept with him and he dogged you afterwards or you’re angry because he hasn’t made any music lately? Either way the man is human just like the rest of us. If he was making hit music and performing everyone would be back on his d#$%. I still love him. His music speaks louder than any response he could have to all these negative comments. That’s probably why he doesn’t respond…

    • dirty harry

      First of all why is Andre sleeping with people and then dogging them? Ain’t he too old for that kind of behavior. Andre is almost 40 years old for crying out LOUD! Who cares about his album! Yes he is human and he has been fortunate enough to make money and live a lifestyle most people only dream of NOW why can’t be be a good father? I have friends who know him and they say he is a deadbeat. With all that money Dre should have moved to Dallas so Seven could have an alternative home.

    • extremelylovely

      By the way Dre calls alot of women lovely and calls them sweet stuff. He is a psychopathic person and has no remorse for how he treats women. He probably has no remorse for how he has treated his son.

    • Sharon Benjamin Hodo’s friend

      NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT ANDRE’S PERSONAL LIFE BUT HE NEEDS TO BE CALLED OUT FOR BEING A MESSED UP FATHER. ITS SAD TO READ ABOUT ANDRE WITH ALL THESE GROUPIES MEANWHILE HIS SON IS IN DALLAS WITHOUT HIS FATHER. WHO CARES ABOUT ANDRE’S MUSIC WHEN HE’S JUST REPEATING WHAT HIS FATHER DID TO HIM.

  • Queen

    i just miss him so much…Andre, you are my comic lover. I know things have changed, but you can’t just leave us without your energy.

  • Seven Benjamin’s dad

    This is for MRSLOVELY: you said if Andre was making music people would be on his D#$%. SO WHAT? Andre is not a good person. What man that is almost 40 years old would still be dogging women out? THAT is not something Seven Benjamin’s FATHER should be proud of. THAT IS SAD if you think that Andre’s only worth as a person is through his music.

  • Seven Benjamin’s dad

    This is for QUEEN: Are you on crack? Why would you want to be Andre 3000′s lover when he cant even be a good father figure to his only Son Seven Benjamin? He can leave us and better himself as a person.

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