Rappers are puzzling. Case in point, Andre 3000. The eclectic OutKast member hasn’t put forth an album 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