Keep Your Heart, 3 Stacks: Andrè 3000 gearing up to retire from rap



Hip-Hop heads worldwide are currently screaming, “Don’t do it! Reconsider!,” at music G.O.A.T., Andre 3000, as the Outkast lyricist publicly toys with the idea of retiring from the rap game.


In a new Complex profile, the 42-year-old “Hey Ya” creator reveals his preparedness to hang up his mic, once and for all, leaving the culture’s sound in the waiting hands of today’s hungry influencers, like Young Thug.

“Rapping is like being a boxer,” 3 Stack said. “No matter how great you are or were at a certain time, the older you get, the slower you get — I don’t care who you are. And I can feel that coming on.”

With nearly 30 years of reppin the formerly under-appreciated southern flow in rap, the Grammy Award winner added, “There’s always a new wave of artists, and sometimes I’m just like, ‘I’m good. I’ll let the young guys do it.’ And whenever they reach out and say, ‘Hey, let’s try something,’ I’m with helping them. I’m doing it more for them than for my own self. I don’t get much happiness from doing music like that — I get happiness from pleasing who I’m working with, and helping them, and seeing them be excited.”

Despite his unmistakeable cadence and otherworldly creativity, 3000’s love for spitting has slowly but surely diminished due to age…


Andre 3000 retiring from rap
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“I kind of like not being a part of [rap], now that I’ve done it,” he said. “As I get older, I start to see myself move more back from it — the hustle and bustle of putting out an album, the pressure of being in the studio trying to come up with something. Now it’s more like a hobby for me, so I don’t think about it in that way.”

Though talks of an upcoming Outkast biopic have swirled the air over the last few months, Andre says he’s cool with never again dropping another LP alongside his career long partner, Big Boi.

“Even with Outkast — if we never do another album, I’m totally fine with that,” he said. “When I was 25, I said I don’t want to be a 30-year-old rapper. I’m 42 now, and I feel more and more that way. Do I really want to be 50 years old up there doing that? When I watch other rappers that are my age I commend them, but I just wonder where the inspiration is coming from. At this stage I’m really more focused on what I am going to be doing 10 years from now. And I hope to God it won’t be rapping.”



By : Asia Grace

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