André 3000
American rapper/singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/record producer/actor
André 3000
André Lauren Benjamin, better known by his stage name André 3000 (formerly known as Dre), is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor, best known for being part of hip-hop duo OutKast alongside fellow rapper Big Boi. As an actor, Benjamin has made appearances in a number of TV series and films, including Families, The Shield, Be Cool, Revolver, Semi-Pro, and Four Brothers.
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A Tribe Called Quest Releases A Perfect Meditation On The Sad State Of America
Huffington Post - 3 months
While it seemed that virtually everyone, regardless of their political beliefs, was utterly shocked when Republican candidate Donald Trump won last week’s presidential election, iconic hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest saw it coming.  “I knew it was gonna happen,” Jarobi White told Vanity Fair last week. The outcome was predicted on A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service,” their first release in 18 years. The album, available for streaming below, features Jarobi White, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and the voice of late member Phife Dawg, along with guest appearances by artists including Elton John and André 3000. Although there is a song titled “The Donald” on the record, the track “We the People ...” features lyrics that will surely resonate the most with those who opposed Trump. The song’s chorus sums up present-day America in simple and scathing verses: All you black folks, you must go All you Mexicans, you must go And a ...
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John Legend's 'Hey Ya' Performance On 'Lip Sync Battle' Was Cooler Than Cool
Huffington Post - 5 months
John Legend might have a career as an André 3000 tribute artist in his future.  On Sunday’s special live episode of “Lip Sync Battle,” which featured other all-stars like Olivia Munn and Terry Crews, the “All of Me” singer gave his best impression of the Outkast singer for a performance of “Hey Ya.” Dressed in the same plaid pants, green shirt and suspenders André sports in the song’s video, Legend shook it like a polaroid picture while his wife, supermodel and host Chrissy Teigen, watched amusedly from her DJ booth. And as if the performance couldn’t get any better, music icon Stevie Wonder joined Legend onstage to rock out at the keyboard.  Watch the whole performance above. “Lip Sync Battle” Season 3 premieres Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET on Spike. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Erykah Badu talks 'But You Cain't Use My Phone' from inside a party bus - Los Angeles Times
Google News - about 1 year
Los Angeles Times Erykah Badu talks 'But You Cain't Use My Phone' from inside a party bus Los Angeles Times It's well past dusk on a recent evening and Erykah Badu is stretched out on plush leather seats inside a sleek party bus equipped with blacked-out windows and a ceiling with green, white and yellow lights mimicking a constellation of stars. Badu is ... Hear Erykah Badu and Andre 3000 team up for 'Hello'Entertainment Weekly Speaking of mobile devices: Erykah Badu's new 'But You Caint Use My Phone' outCharlotte Observer Erykah Badu's new mixtape is a cellphone-themed classicUSA TODAY YouTube all 153 news articles »
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Erykah Badu and Andre 3000 Say ‘Hello’
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Badu's new mixtape is available on Apple Music and iTunes now and will be released on other services next week.
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20 Distinct Regional American Accents, Ranked
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By: Megan Frye Credit: Jennifer Bui/Thrillist From sea to shining sea, the United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet. This means there are plenty of opportunities to mess around with the language, and what defines an "American accent" changes depending on where you are. Thrillist has taken on the task of ranking a sampling of American accents from the most vomit-inducing to the most pleasant, with a little bit of dry heave in between. See where you fit in. More: The 10 Most Beautiful Neighborhoods in America, Ranked 20. New Jerseyan Oh my gawd! Jersey gets a bad rap. But it's not so much the state that is offensive as much as the accent. It's akin to the sound of chain-smoking rats mating in an oil slick under the George Washington Bridge. Except somehow, the hair is worse. Prime example: Pauly D 19. Floridian Florida is well known for its tourist attractions and for producing the weirdest headlines in the country, from bath salts ...
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OutKast Maybe Could Have Prevented That Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfuction
Huffington Post - over 1 year
One-half of OutKast appeared on ESPN's "The Dan Le Batard Show" Thursday and revealed that the duo was once asked to perform at the Super Bowl. According to Big Boi, we can all blame André 3000 for the halftime show that never was -- he refused to cut down his songs to fit the allotted time space.  "He said, 'Nah, can’t do it,'" Big Boi recalled of his writing partner. "We look at it now and we laugh. Hopefully they invite us back."  But had they said yes, they might have prevented the infamous 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" between Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, Pitchfork notes.  Big Boi didn't say when they were asked to perform, but the two songs he named -- "The Way You Move" and "Hey Ya!"-- were both released in 2003 at a time in Super Bowl halftime show history when organizers were booking more of-the-moment talent. The few years leading up to that 2004 onstage accident saw artists performing top tracks generally no more than a few years old. But who performed in 20 ...
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Why I Will Never Want the 'Same Love'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Full disclosure: I've lost friends over Macklemore, but trust me I'll survive. How did you feel last night? Watching all those beautiful couples making public declarations of love and commitment, as hegemonic as it may be, was a truly moving work. Macklemore has in so many ways added to the visibility and popularity of the gay rights movement. In his short popularity, he has become a beacon of white gay hope and the face of "progress." As an independent artist, his fame and wealth are truly surprising and almost inspiring. However, Macklemore does a more destructive and problematic work, and his success, as validated by his new Grammy awards, speak to a larger injustice. Last night's Grammys was an expert case study of how the reproduction of whiteness, as conflated with "queerness," is pervasive in our culture and the erasure and appropriation of sonic Blackness is central to the popularity and success of artists in the industry. As many of my housemates said before I forced th ...
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For The Stans: Big Boi And Andre 3000 Working On Solo Projects Before New Outkast Album
Bossip - about 3 years
Well, at least we’re getting some new music. Big Boi And Andre 3000 Working On Separate Albums Can we get a snippet, please? According to Vibe: After Queen Latifah cleared up rumors about a new OutKast album, it looks like the hip-hop duo will be cranking out solo efforts before a group LP. The group’s DJ and producer, Mr. DJ, told Revolt that although both 3 Stacks and General Patton have been seen visiting Stankonia Studios in their native Atlanta, the group’s known workspace, they were not there working on a new OutKast album. The two have actually been putting in work on their own albums. Mr. DJ adds that Andre may be dropping his long anticipated solo project this year, revealing that a lot of material has already been recorded for it. As for Big Boi, Mr. DJ says that he was just in the studio with him last week, laying down tracks to the follow-up for Boi’s 2012 LP Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. While the hip-hop duo will be keeping busy this year with over 4 ...
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Coachella music festival strikes big with OutKast reunion
LATimes - about 3 years
Big Boi and Andre 3000 of OutKast, after a near seven-year hiatus, will headline 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Leave it to a couple of "ice cold" rap stars to bring the heat back to the desert.
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OutKast Coachella Reunion Finds Band Joining Muse, Arcade Fire As Festival's Headliners
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rap duo OutKast will headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, ending a half-decade hiatus for one of hip-hop's most popular and important acts. OutKast joins Arcade Fire and Muse as headliners for the festival that plays over two weekends in Indio, Calif. Other acts scheduled include Pharrell Williams, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age and Lorde. The reunited The Replacements also will appear. Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton came out of Atlanta with a unique sound two decades ago and became one of rap's top-selling and most-lauded acts, winning the Grammy Award for album of the year for double album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below." They have not released an album as OutKast since 2006's "Idlewild," a soundtrack. ___ Online: http://coachella.com
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Voodoo Style: Jimi Hendrix Clothing Line Comes to Varvatos
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
Of all the legacies Jimi Hendrix has left us one slightly-less-feted is that of his style his flowing shirts and psychedelic prints have been part of music culture for decades most recently revisited by rappers like Trinidad James Wiz Khalifa and Andre 3000 (The latter even plays Hendrix in the...
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12 Songs Other Than 'Hey Ya!' That Outkast Needs To Perform On Their Reunion Tour
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Music blogs scrambled for confirmation of an Outkast reunion on Tuesday afternoon, but it was Revolt TV that confirmed on Tuesday night that Andre 3000 and Big Boi would indeed reconnect for a 2014 tour. Marking the 20th anniversary of the duo's debut album, "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik," next year may not hold much possibility of a new Outkast album, but after 10 years absent from the stage, a string of performances is certainly good enough for fans. (One disappointment: Even though long-time collaborator Sleepy Brown posted a photo to Instagram saying that Outkast would headline Coachella, though, Billboard reports that isn't definite just yet.) Still, Outkast is touring soon, and while it's basically a guarantee they will perform the deliciously funky "Hey Ya!" during their 2014 concerts, here are 12 other songs that need to make the setlist. "Myintrotoletuknow" from "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" "Ain't No Thang" from "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" "Player's Ball" ...
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Jhene Aiko - 'Sail Out' EP
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jhené Aiko, R&B's best underground artist has coasted into the mainstream by topping the US iTunes charts with her 'Sail Out' EP. Released this week, the EP has already entered top 10 in the UK, and has seen the songstress greeted with open arms on both sides of the Atlantic. The 7 track project does what the title suggests, with no harsh winds. 'Sail Out' is mostly a smooth, scenic journey through the lake of love stories, Jhene's misfortunes and triumphs set against the echos of eclectic, mellow earthy wind instruments, likened to her soft tone. 'The Vapours' is a kick off to her journey with sweet Chris Rea-type guitar licks before its interrupted a jaunty bounce sound allowing Vince Staples to features. Bed Peace featuring multi talented Childish Gambino is the most sun kist track of the EP, a flower power vibe with Jhene at her most smiliest. This sunshine trip continues for her offering 'Stay Ready' with the West Coast's self proclaimed King Of NY, Kendrick Lamar. Jh ...
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Boys To Men -- Harlem Haberdashery Guy Wood Sr. & Louis Johnson Jr. Keep It Classic
Huffington Post - over 3 years
So for me summer is over. I wrapped it up with some pretty amazing new finds. I re-discovered Harlem, and fell in love with its history through fashion again. This summer I found a new gem in Harlem that I will be able to share with my children, that find may bridge our gap in fashion and style. "Pick up your pants!" I am constantly hollering directions at my son. I have still not adjusted to my children's generation of style. I swear I want to call the fashion police on all of them. But then again, it may be due to my age and my past fashion obsession with the 1920s era, where men were dressed impeccably, that taint my opinion. Those men donned hats, shoes and blazers. Women wore dresses, skirts, and heels even to go to the grocery store. What a difference a day makes. But this is not to say change doesn't work for this generation because, as we know, every era has had its rebels who dared to revolutionize fashion. The inventors and early adapters always take an avant garde a ...
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Andre 3000 Ditched His Verse On 'Bandz A Make Her Dance' Remix
MTV News - over 3 years
Producer Mike Will Made It reveals that the OutKast rapper recorded verses for the strip club anthem. By Nadeska Alexis, with reporting by Sway Calloway
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TIFF: Andre 3000 mesmerizing as Jimi Hendrix in John Ridley's 'All Is By My Side'
LATimes - over 3 years
TORONTO -- I caught John Ridley’s Jimi Hendrix movie on the fly in Toronto.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of André 3000
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In 2016, Benjamin had a recurring role as Michael LaCroix on the second season of the anthology crime drama series American Crime.
    More Details Hide Details Benjamin launched the "Benjamin Bixby" clothing line in the spring of 2008, inspired by college football circa 1935. In February 2012 Benjamin announced that he would be returning with another line soon. In 2004, alongside Alicia Silverstone, Benjamin was voted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to be the 'World's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity'. He is also childhood friends with Fonzworth Bentley. Benjamin also has a son named Seven Sirius Benjamin (born November 18, 1997) with R&B singer Erykah Badu. Benjamin was arrested in Henry County, Georgia in March 2009 after being caught driving his 2007 Porsche Carrera 109 mph in a 65 mph speed zone. Benjamin was a vegan for fifteen years. By 2014 he had given it up stating:
    Also in 2016 he appeared on the song "Solo (Reprise)" by Frank Ocean off his album Blonde.
    More Details Hide Details In the song Andre is disappointed with the direction that hip-hop has taken since he first entered the rap game over 20 years ago. Benjamin also appeared on the track, "the ends" on Travis Scott's second studio album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Benjamin has made appearances in Families, The Shield (he plays Robert Huggins, a character that originated in an episode titled "On Tilt" from Season 3 in 2004), Be Cool, Revolver, Semi Pro, and Four Brothers. He was also cast as Percival in Idlewild, released on August 26, 2006. He voiced a crow in Charlotte's Web, a movie adaptation of the 1952 children's book. As of November 2006, he voiced "Sunny Bridges," a prize-winning musician who gives up touring to teach at his alma mater, in Class of 3000, an animated series he produced on Cartoon Network. Benjamin was accused by Timothy Mcgee for supposedly 'stealing' his idea of the show. He has also worked with Esthero on a promotional version of "Jungle Book" which was on a Wikked lil' grrrls sampler, but never made it to the actual album due to issues with Esthero's label, Warner Bros.. The following year, he appeared in the basketball comedy Semi-Pro, with Woody Harrelson and Will Ferrell. He also starred in the 2007 film Battle in Seattle, a film about the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests. Benjamin was a member of Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender's production company A Band Apart until its close in 2006; he then formed his own company, Moxie Turtle.
    In 2016, Benjamin presented background vocals on the track "30 Hours" by Kanye West off his album The Life of Pablo.
    More Details Hide Details Earlier that year, Benjamin revealed that he was in the process of recording new music.
  • 2015
    In November 2015, Benjamin made a surprise guest appearance on the track "Hello" from Erykah Badu's mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone.
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  • 2014
    In 2014, Benjamin appeared on fellow Dungeon Family member Future's second studio album, Honest, on a song titled "Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)".
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  • 2013
    On May 6, 2013 the Great Gatsby Soundtrack was released, featuring a cover by Benjamin and Beyoncé of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, marking their second collaboration.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, Capital Cities released their debut album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery on which Benjamin was featured on the song "Farrah Fawcett Hair". After being seen in the studio with producer Mike WiLL Made It, it was reported on August 3, 2013 that Andre 3000 would be releasing a new solo album in early 2014. However, the following day a representative for Benjamin told Billboard that "there is no official confirmation on that report."
  • 2012
    Later, on July 30, 2012, Rick Ross's album God Forgives, I Don't was released where Benjamin appeared on the song "Sixteen", once again supplying vocals and guitar.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the year, Benjamin also featured on T.I.'s album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head on the song "Sorry". T.I. noted that the collaboration was a "proud moment" for him.
    On July 10, 2012, Channel Orange, the debut album by singer-songwriter and Odd Future member Frank Ocean was released.
    More Details Hide Details Benjamin was featured on the song "Pink Matter," supplying vocals and guitar.
    Benjamin was featured alongside Jay-Z on Young Jeezy's track "I Do", released on January 10, 2012.
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    The song was later nominated for the Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the Grammy Awards held in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Benjamin continued his string of guest appearances throughout the year – featuring on Lloyd's song "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)", Lil Wayne's "Interlude" and Drake's "The Real Her". He also featured on the track "Play the Guitar" by B.o.B.
  • 2011
    On January 18, 2011, Kesha released the "The Sleazy Remix", which featured Benjamin.
    More Details Hide Details The remix was later re-released on December 13, 2011, also featuring verses by rappers Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and T.I. On June 7, Big Boi leaked a collaboration with Benjamin and Sleepy Brown entitled "Lookin' 4 Ya" – which was originally intended for Big Boi's debut solo album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, however it was blocked by Jive Records from being on the album. On June 24, 2011, Beyoncé's fourth studio album entitled 4 was released. Benjamin featured on the track "Party", his first collaboration with the singer.
  • 2010
    Benjamin's verse, which was initially recorded as a song for his debut solo album, was leaked onto the Internet in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, it was announced that Benjamin would be featured on a song with LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and the alternative rock virtual band Gorillaz titled "DoYaThing", to promote the Gorillaz Converse collection. It was released on February 23, 2012 in two different versions – one approximately 4-and-a-half-minute radio edit and the explicit 13-minute version. The song was written and recorded over three days, with the 13-minute version being recorded on the last one.
    In 2010, he was featured on Ciara's remix for her single "Ride", from the album Basic Instinct and on the remix to Chris Brown's "Deuces".
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Benjamin posed for a print advertising campaign by Declare Yourself, a campaign encouraging voter registration among youth for the 2008 United States presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details In the ads by photographer David LaChapelle, he has his mouth gagged by a bow-tie in a symbolic function. Films Television;Video games Benjamin provided his voice for the 2005 video game L.A. Rush, as well as beta testing the game. Grammy Awards
    He also appeared on John Legend's album Evolver, on the track "Green Light", which was released on October 28, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the release, Benjamin commented: "It's going to be a surprise for a lot of John Legend fans, because it is a lot more upbeat than John is—than people think John is. I was actually happy to hear it. This is a cool John Legend song." Benjamin has stated that he plans on recording a solo rap album and that the response to his remixes is part of the motivation for it.
  • 2007
    Benjamin returned to rapping in 2007, after a hiatus from the genre.
    More Details Hide Details Appearing on various remixes, including: "Walk It Out", "Throw Some D's", "You" and Jay-Z's "30 Something." His contributions to original songs included UGK's "International Players Anthem", Devin the Dude's "What a Job", Fonzworth Bentley's "Everybody", and with Big Boi and Raekwon on "Royal Flush". Benjamin worked with Q-Tip in the song "BE BRAVE" that was supposed to be released on Q-Tip's album The Renaissance.
  • 2003
    Rolling Stone compared Benjamin to an indie-rock Little Richard" on Outkast's 2003 Number 1 international hit 'Hey Ya!
    More Details Hide Details " and later declared the hit one of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, In 2006, Outkast released their sixth album as a group, Idlewild. The album served as a soundtrack to the group's musical film Idlewild. The film centered on life in a 1930s setting and the album took influences from music of that era, particularly blues. Benjamin had a few rapped verses on the album, including on the first single "Mighty O", but mostly stuck with singing as he had on The Love Below. The album actually postponed the release of the theatrical Idlewild, as Andre 3000 and Big Boi were concentrated more on the production of the music than the movie. In an odd turn of events, the movie was finished before the album was, and because of that, the movie was postponed about a year. This was because the crew of Outkast and its associates' had developed the idea of creating a movie before the release of one of their early albums, Aquemini. Thus, when it finally came time to collaborate as a group on the movie, they had most of the details worked out, including a script, as stated by Andre 3000 himself in an interview he had conducted with Billboard in 2006.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    In high school, Benjamin (who was then performing as "Andre") met Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. Benjamin and Patton teamed up to form Outkast. Shortly after graduating from high school, the duo was signed to the Atlanta-based LaFace label and released their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Buoyed by the success of the single "Player's Ball", the album went platinum by the end of the year and Outkast was named Best New Rap Group of the Year at the 1995 Source Awards. On their next two albums, ATLiens and Aquemini, Outkast experimented with their sound by adding elements of trip hop, soul, and jungle. The albums were also influenced by a return to traditional black music genres, funk being the prime example. With Outkast's portrayal of themselves as out-of-place extra terrestrials in ATLiens, "the funkadelic, futuristic, and seemingly unfamiliar, weird, or eccentric persona projected by André 3000 creates the chance to transcend the more pronounced characterizations of gangstas and pimps so regularly assumed by black men rap artists." Outkast's distinctive southern "player" style is combined with these Afrofuturistic elements to create a new, unique space for their brand of rap within popular culture. Benjamin's lyrics in particular took on a more surreal, space-age tinge. Within the time of his second and third albums, Benjamin took up the guitar, painting, and a new relationship with singer Erykah Badu. Outkast's fourth album, Stankonia, introduced Benjamin's new alias André 3000 (largely to distinguish himself from Dr. Dre and his new persona after the end of his relationship) and increased the group's crossover appeal with the single "Ms. Jackson", which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written in the aftermath of Benjamin's breakup with Badu and was a fictionalized account of the disintegration of their relationship.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born on May 27, 1975.
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