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Andre 3000 Talks Living In NYC, Parents’ Deaths, & Recording Music, with GQ Style

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Andre 3000 could very well never do music again, or maybe? The legendary ATLien was interviewed by GQ Style, where he talks about everything from the tragic passing of his parents, both within the timespan of 6 months, moving to New York from Atlanta and the difficulty of recording music.

3 Stacks also talks about his experience in the fashion industry, his new Tretorn clothing collection, his desire to do a T-Shirt line centered around Anita Baker, and shares stories from his younger years. A ton of highlights throughout the interview, including, in his humble opinion, that his Outkast partner Big Boi is a far better rapper than he is.

“Big Boi can rap better than me—I always said that,” 3000 said.“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 s**t about that.”

Andre also opens up on the difficulty of creating new material due to feeling out of touch.

“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,” he said. “… 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.”

You can read the full interview here.