André 3000 Feels No Pressure to Deliver New Album

The enigmatic hip hop star talks collaboration with T.I. and rumors of OutKast reunion. 

Posted: 11/15/2012 12:30 PM EST
Andre 3000

The Internet is buzzing over André 3000's unreleased collaboration with T.I. on a song called "Sorry" from Tip's forthcoming Trouble Man album. Yesterday Three Stacks' OutKast partner, Big Boi, responded to being mentioned in a verse on the song, and now André himself is shedding some light on how the collaboration came to be in an interview with Fuse.

"Me and T.I. have been trying to do a song for a long, long time. And for me, it's always about the actual song or the project," he said. "I never just say I'm gonna do something just to do it."

In a story that echoes one previously shared by T.I., André said the magic happened on a day when he just decided to drop by the studio where Tip was recording.

"I went to the studio and I heard the song and his lyrics came on and it kind of hit home for me," he said. "I was like 'Hey, this is the song I want to be a part of.'"

Since the track's recording, T.I. has commented publicly that he feels Three Stacks' verse is so impressive, listeners will say that he was outdone on his own song. But André disagrees with that assessment and is quick to point out that it was T.I. who inspired his verse in the first place.

"I would say it if I felt like I [out-rapped him], but that wasn't the case," he said. "I wouldn't have written the verse that's on there now if it wasn't for T.I."

André also commended Big Boi, who is currently promoting his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. He said he knows the difficulty of going from being in a group to carrying an entire project.

"I'm proud of that dude, man," he said. "We started as two people and I know how hard it is to write your own raps for a whole album... to do it all yourself, that's pretty heavy."

In a separate interview with Rolling Stone, Three Stacks said he has no current plans for a solo album of his own, despite rumors to the contrary.

"Things are kind of up in the air with me, and some days, I feel like yeah, I'll do it. Some days, I feel like I don't. I don't know the future of music right now. I have no idea what I do. I honestly don't," he said. "I record and I write ideas. I think I'll always do that, for some reason. But I don't know if it will go to another artist or will it be my stuff or will it go to some movie? I don't know. I just kind of keep creating and hopefully, it'll fall into a slot."


Though it's unclear when he'll return to music, 3000's acting plans are more solid. The multi-talented star will play Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic All Is By My Side.

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