It’s no secret that Andre 3000 is hard to nail down since Outkast came to its de facto end nearly a decade ago. So for Billboard to not only pin him down for an interview, but also get him to talk about new music is no easy feat. The music mag got Three Stacks to gab on the material he’s working on, his duet with Erykah Badu from her But You Cain’t Use My Phone mixtape and what new non-Andre music he’s listening to.
Andre says that the Badu collaboration came from trying to help Badu find more songs about phones. Interestingly enough, it was their teenage son who served as the connector for the collab.
“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.”
Andre is much less straightforward when asked about his own new music. He notes that he’s “always recording” but refuses to put a date on any new solo work. “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.”
In typical oddball fashion, it looks like Andre was the only person who liked Kid Cudi’s last release. It’s the only modern music (beyond himself) that he claims to be enjoying.
“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 to see Andre’s thoughts about working on the upcoming ABC show American Crime, among other things.