Since making his de facto departure from Outkast, Andre 3000 isn’t really one to talk to the media. Ever. So, when Billboard nabbed an interview with the reclusive emcee AND got him to talk about new music – yea…we definitely paid attention.
The B’s had Three Stacks feeling pretty friendly as he talked about the material he’s working on, his duet with Erykah Badu from her But You Cain’t Use My Phone mixtape and the music he’s listening to from these new whipper snappers.
On his recent collaboration with former partner (and mother of his son, Seven), Erykah Badu:
“Our son Seven and I were trying to figure out songs that could help her — songs that were related to the subject of the mixtape: phones. We came across [The Isley Brothers’ 1974 cover of Todd Rundgren’s] “Hello, It’s Me.” Ron Isley repeats the phrase “hello, hello” as if he was answering the phone. I told Erykah, “You should make this into a new song and get somebody to rap on it.” She was like, “Well, you should rap on it!” I’m happy it happened. It was a great reunion, because I don’t think people have heard a song from us in ages.”
With regards to his own return to wax, Andre is much less straightforward. While he alludes to the fact that he’s “always recording”, he refuses to put a time frame on any new material. “I can’t say that I have a target right now,” he said. “I’ve gotten in trouble before for saying when or what is coming, so I like to just kind of let it be. I’d like to put out some kind of music project, but we’ll see.”
As for his taste in new music, the only modern tunes (beyond himself) that he claims to be enjoying is…Kid Cudi? Yea. That happened.
“I always listen to a lot of jazz, a lot of Thelonious Monk. The new Kid Cudi album [Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven] is awesome to me. That’s kind of like the most recent thing that I think is really great. But other than that I’ve kind of just been working in the studio and listening to what I’m doing.”
Check out the rest of the interview by heading to Billboard now.