Earlier this week, news broke that Southern rap legend André 3000's mother—Sharon Benjamin-Hodo—passed away at the age of 58. Her death unfortunately occurred just a day after 3 Stacks' 38th birthday, making for a truly bittersweet week for 'Dre. While Andre has always been vocal about his love and adoration for his family—shouting them out in songs and interviews—after doing some research into the lyrics of some of our favorite rappers we found that it wasn't just Stacks who loved his mom and wanted everyone to know it. From Canibus to J. Cole to Saigon, here's a list of rappers' lyrics about their moms.
On B.o.B’s street single, André stands “on the corner of ‘Give it to ’em’ and they don’t want it’.” Got beef? Pick and choose wisely.
21. Jay-Z ft. André 3000 & Ice Cube “30 Something (Remix)” (2007)
Over Jigga’s Dr. Dre produced anthem, Dré speaks on the youth of today when rhyming lines like, “Rapper’s really gettin’ pain in full/So full that the kids don’t go to school in hopes of becomin’ one of us…The television tells them their vision/Now it’s hard for them to make decisions with out feelin’ uncooled, unschooled, thumb rule/Rule of thumb, can’t be dumb…” Take note.
20. Ciara ft. André 3000 & Ludacris “Ride (Remix),” Basic Instinct (2010)
On the opening verse to Ciara’s sultry remix, Three Stacks provides enough game to steal Minnie away from Mickey. “I can look at your face and know the pussy good,” he starts before adding, “You wanna give me your taste but don’t know how to do it.”
19. Lloyd ft. André 3000 & Lil Wayne “Dedication to My Ex (Miss That),” King of Hearts (2011)
On Lloyd’s King of Hearts single, André dwells on an ol’ lady that’s changed since taking her from her ex. “Bet your buddy don’t even know you don’t like red/Or was it fuchsia, fuck it, our future is dead.” Take that, take that…
18. Big Boi ft. André 3000 “Lookin’ 4 Ya” (2010)
While it wasn’t dubbed an OutKast track, this leak for Big Boi’s “Lookin’ 4 Ya” whetted the appetite for many fans of the ATLien duo. Oh and on his cool shit André killed it too. “Wait'll, you get a load of me, I ain't joking/Dark Night, Batman/And I'm poking that pussy Cat Woman.”
17. Gorillaz ft. André 3000 & James Murphy “DoYaThing” (2011)
André 3000 does his damn thang on Gorillaz’ “DoYaThing” track, touching on everything including his plaid past and solid future to tearing a nigga face off. Keep sleeping on him and suffer the consequences.
16. Lil Wayne ft. Tech N9ne & André 3000 “Interlude,” Tha Carter IV (2011)
On one of the many interludes on Wayne’s Carter IV, Dré unleashes another standout verse proving why he should be referred to as “the Pharaoh Three Stacks…”
15. Fonzworth Bentley ft. Kanye West, Andre 3000 & Sa-Ra “Everybody,” C.O.L.O.U.R.S. (2008)
Yup, Fonzworth Bentley actually had a single. Even more surprising, it featured Three Stacks and Kanye West (on the hook) with the former stealing the show. No surprise there.
14. Frank Ocean ft. André 3000 “Pink Matter,” Channel Orange (2012)
There’s nothing worse than dealing with relationship regrets. However, hearing Three Stacks vividly detail his own experience over Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange album cut makes it worth while. Short and sweet.
13. Ke$ha ft. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and T.I. “Sleazy Remix 2.0: Get Sleazier, ” Cannibal (2011)
An unlikely collabo that proved to be far from just Sleazy.
12. Drake ft. André 3000 & Lil Wayne “The Real Her,” Take Care (2011)
Touching on a relationship gone awry, Andre provided one of the best guest verses on Drizzy Drake’s Take Care album. He even offers some vital advice, “Please be careful, bitches got the rabies.
11. Beyoncé ft. André 3000 “Party,” 4 (2011)
As he set the scene on Bey’s “Party” single last year, Three Stacks stole the show once more—on an R&B track at that. “I ain’t worried about them fuck niggas over there/But they worry about me…”
10. Lloyd ft. André 3000 & Nas “You (Remix),” Street Love (2007)
Arguably Lloyd’s most successful single to date, Dré dishes out a tale about a lady he meets and falls in love with at Whole Foods. Now that’s quite the story.
9. Young Jeezy ft. André 3000 & Jay-Z “I Do,” Thug Motivation 103: Hustlaz Ambition (2011)
“Nothing's more attractive than a heavy praying woman,” raps Andre on Jeezy’s TM:103 standout cut. “To a him when those and them been defecating on me/Her would sense the heaven, and him when Andre omen/Baby I’m hell, save me, don’t bail”
8. Chris Brown ft. André 3000, Drake, Kanye West, Rick Ross, T.I. & Fabolous “Dueces (Remix),” F.A.M.E. (2010)
Three Stacks challenges the listeners on Breezy’s break-up anthem, when he rhymes “She came four... times to my cousin's house to see if I was there/Get your minds out the gutter, man/ We're out here trying to have a good time…"
7. John Legend ft. André 3000 “Green Light,” Evolver (2008)
André proves his game’s official on John Legend’s Evolver single. “No, I'm a comet; I, just want you woman/Hey, if I were you then it would be me that I'd go home with… You did it! Let's hop a cab, and split it/I'm kiddin! We both goin to where you livin!” We see you Three Stacks.
6. Rick Ross ft. Andre 3000 “Sixteen,” God Forgives, I Don’t (2012)
What do you when 16 ain’t enough? Get André 3000 and the rest will speak for itself. This God Forgives, I Don’t standout should serve as your best example.
5. Devin the Dude ft. André 3000 & Snoop Dogg “What A Job,” Waitin’ to Inhale (2007)
On Devin’s mellow album cut, he speaks on those online pirates that share music (“You download it for free/We get charged for it”) and offers some positive words for the fans (“See we do it for that boi that graduated/That looked you in your eyes real tough and said 'preciate it/And that he wouldn'ta made it if it wasn't for your CD number nine…”) Yeah, exactamundo.
4. T.I. ft. André 3000 “Sorry,” Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head (2012)
While he sometimes barely has time to rap (appearing in ads for Gillette, playing Jimi Hendrix, etc.) Dré takes some time for Tip and delivers a whopping verse that’s far from boring.
3. Big Boi ft. André 3000 & Raekwon “Royal Flush,” (2008)
Although not being credited as an OutKast single, Big Boi gathered his partner-in-rhyme and Raekwon for one monster record in “Royal Flush.” With his almost two-minute timed verse Three Stacks weaves through his verse with lines, “Crack and I have a lot in common We both come up in the 80's and we keep that bass pumping/That's a nega-tive comparison, embarrassing Unfortunate that if you come up fortunate the streets consider you lame/Ha, I thought the name of the game was to have a better life/I guess it ain't. What a shame I don't slang/Never slung but I'm one with the slum That has a name well fitting, plenty cheese getting…” Well damn, Three Stacks.
2. DJ UNK ft. André 3000, Big Boi & Jim Jones “Walk It Out (Remix) (2007)
It’s the verse that started it all and of all people, DJ Unk hosted it. Albeit, Three Stacks’ verse for UNK’s “Walk It Out” hit, meshed perfect like a hood dude and a baggy white tee.
1. Rich Boy ft. André 3000, Game, Jim Jones, Murphy Lee & Nelly “Throw Some D’s,” Rich Boy (2007)
Rich Boy’s debut single was already hard. But after Andre hopped on and slaughtered it, the rest became history. He snarled at competition (“You might be the dope but I would flush it down the toilet”), sent his hater’s parents a whole case of V8 and even had time to verify his street credibility (“Ain’t a hood nigga but a nigga from the ho-od”). Altogether, the verse would place a closer scope on the eccentric man that used to rock plaid.