Monday, October 30, 2017

MAG TAG: #Andre3000 gets CANDID about new music, family and his Evolution for #GQStyle! [details]

Andre 3000 gets candid about a host of topics in an EXCLUSIVE interview with GQ Style magazine.  In the article, 3 Stacks speaks on tons of MUSIC that has in the 'vault', the death of his parents, his thoughts on him not being a good rapper or producer and he also said he ALWAYS felt his partner in Outkast, Big Boi was a BETTER rapper than he.  Here is a little of what Dre had to say on his evolution as an artist and a person:

So of all the music projects you started since The Love Below, what remains?

When I pass away, people will find hours and hours of files.

Hard drives?

Yeah, hard drives and shit. It’s hard drives of me just in the house alone playing horrible guitar. Me playing piano. Me playing a little sax. I was trying to find out: What can I be excited about? Because I never was, to me, a great producer or a great writer or a great rapper. I always felt that I was less than everybody else, so I fought harder. My only gauge to know when something was good was how I felt it. Like, Oh, man, this is dope. Or, This is new. So I got to a place where nothing excited me. I kept trying and pushing and pushing. I got to a place where I was just kinda in a loop. My son would see me go through all these phases. He would be like, I’ve seen my dad have all these great ideas. He had this band idea. And this other idea. And I never followed through with any of it. So when my parents passed away and he went off to college, it was like, Man, what am I gonna do? So I felt like it was time to come and study or replenish myself. In New York, they have the fashion thing and they have the stage thing—I’ve never done stage before. And they have music. So I saw myself coming to study an instrument, coming to learn Spanish and probably try stage. I’ve only done one.

Do you think you’ve spent these years out of the limelight re-adjusting?

Yes, it’s always hard. There’s so many social norms I just don’t know. We wanted to sign a record deal at 17, but my parents wouldn’t do it, so we had to wait until we were 18. So I’m like, Oh shit, we were the same age as Soulja Boy when he started?

You were kids.

Yeah, running around the world. I can say, man, my partner, Big Boi, has always been on it. He’s sharp. He always knew the right decisions. He got into a real relationship really early. Right before our second album, he had a kid, and he and the girl stayed together, and they’re married now. I did the opposite. I’m all over the place. I never went on real dates. I don’t want to meet anybody’s parents. Like, I’m a fucking rapper.

The secret reality of OutKast is that while Big Boi was “street,” and you guys were marketed as “the player and the poet,” he’s always been super on it.
Big Boi is smart as fuck. We went to the same high school. I dropped out in 11th grade. Big Boi graduated with honors. When you watch early OutKast videos, Big Boi’s the leader. He always had the confidence, where I was kind of like the shy one. Big Boi can rap better than me—I always said that. If somebody said, “Pick who you want from OutKast to go to battle with you,” it wouldn’t be me. ’Cause like, what I’ma do? Say some mind shit? You can’t have thoughts in a battle—nobody gives a shit about that.

So are you going to the studio? Are you making music?
Actually, I hate going to the studio. So what’s got me going once again is me being excited about other artists. I’ve been working on producing a few artists. A couple projects. But here’s the crazy thing: I don’t have the pulse anymore. Rhythms change every generation. The intensity and the drums change. And I’m not on the pulse. I can’t pretend. It’s kinda like watching your uncle dance. So the only thing I can do is this kind of novelty, off thing for them.

In hip-hop, either you have the wave or you don’t.

That’s what hip-hop is all about. It’s a new-kids’ art.
But if you think about jazz, over time it became a big tent, with room for lots of different movements. So with hip-hop, even if you’re not the new wave, you can do something that has its own merit. Isn’t it okay to be off the pulse of the kids at this point?
For me, hip-hop is about freshness. You can always hop, but you won’t always be hip. At a certain point, you just won’t. And this is how I know: All the people I grew up with, none of them, not a one, is thriving. Not a one. So that tells me something. I gotta watch that, as someone that’s come in the game and has loved these guys. I mean, loved them. Loved them. But the potency just moves on.
I’m torn right now. You’ve said before that you’re like a boxer who’s starting to slow down. But you’ve always struck a balance between what’s going on with the culture and that left-field 3000 thing. You’ve always been a hybrid of inside and out, and I don’t think you’ll lose that.
It’s Mayweather. He knows. He’s like, Yeah, I can fight maybe three more of ’em. But I’m slowing down, and I see these young kids coming up and I was them. And at a certain point, no matter how Mayweather you are, I think it’s classy to be like, You know what? [brushes off hands]
But you’re not quite there yet.
No, I think I have, like, maybe two more Mayweather fights.
Okay, good.
Or maybe one.

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