Over the last few years, it’s been rare to hear new raps from Andre 3000. But when we do — whether it’s on Drake’s “The Real Her,” T.I.’s “Sorry,” Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter,” or any verse he does, for that matter — they’ve been immaculate. We may need to cherish them even more than we already do, though. Because as infrequent as they are now, we may never get new rhymes from the legendary rapper again.
“I remember, at like 25, saying, ‘I don’t want to be a 40-year-old rapper,’” Three Stacks said in an interview with The New York Times. “I’m 39 now, and I’m still standing by that. I’m such a fan that I don’t want to infiltrate it with old blood.”
Even the guest spots that he’s dropped recently haven’t come easy — despite the fanfare that they bring and ease with which they sound to be delivered.
“I struggle with the verses,” the Outkast member said (though that’s hard to believe, as the video above, a compilation of his features from the last ten years, proves).
He added that he plays new music for his son, Seven, and his friends, to see if they approve. “I don’t sit around and write raps, I just don’t. Now the only time I’m really inspired to write raps is if an artist that I enjoy invites me to their party. So if Future calls and says, ‘Hey man, I want you to do this,’ I don’t want to let Future down. I don’t want to let Lil Wayne or Drake down, because I love them.”
So, does that mean all new music is off the table, Dre?
“No, I’d love to put out an album,” he said.
We’d love that, too.