The reclusive Andre 3000 broke his silence and sat down with Jon Caramanica from The New York Times for a revealing interview in anticipation of the upcoming Jimi Hendrix movie, Jimi: All Is by My Side. Besides revealing that he is working on a new song for Aretha Franklin’s upcoming album, the Outkast MC touched on his relationship with his son, Seven, being a 40-year-old-rapper, touring and much, much more.
Check out some highlights below and read the full interview here.
On “Jimi: All Is by My Side: Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut. Sometimes, when you’re alone, you can let yourself go. I knew if I got on a train with a lot of different people, then I couldn’t let them down.
On Being A 40-Year-Old-Rapper: I remember, at like 25, saying ‘I don’t want to be a 40-year-old-rapper.’ I’m 39 now, and I’m still standing by that. I’m such a fan that I don’t want to infiltrate with old blood.
On Being A Fan Of Lil Wayne, Drake and Future: I don’t sit around and write raps, I just don’t. Now the only time I’m really inspired to write raps is if an artist that I enjoy invites me to their party. So if Future calls me and says, ‘Hey man, I want you to do this,’ I don’t want to let Future down. I don’t want to let Lil Wayne or Drake down, because I love them.
On Touring All Summer With Big Boi: Honestly, I never planned to go onstage again in that way. If I feel like I’m getting to a place where it’s mimicking or a caricature, I just want to move on. But I felt like: Let me do it now ’cause these kids [in the audience], it feels good to know that they’re happy. I really don’t actually get anything from performing.
On A New Album: I’d love to put out an album…I know this may sound morbid, but I was like, if I were to die today, I have all these half-songs on my hard drive, and I don’t want that.