Outkast is considered one of the most influential groups in Hip Hop and some would say music. The duo that consist of Andre 3000 and Big Boi put Atlanta or the south on the map for that matter. What made them unique was their songs were conscience as if they were part of The Native Tongues (collective group of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, & Queen Latifah), but their appearance stood out as well. Big Boi style was the classic Hip Hop B Boy attire and at times he wore a fresh pair of gators just to let you know the south is still up in here. And Andre 3000 always pushed the envelope by wearing turbans, platinum wigs, and marching band uniforms.
So Andre 3000 sat down with Complex and discusses Young Thug and how he does not want to do music forever.
3000 praises Young Thug and describes how the rap game is like boxing, “He’s exciting,” 3000 said. “There’s no box. He’s all over the place. To do those things he does, you have to have big f—in’ balls. It’s almost harder than the guy who’s portraying hard, you know? It’s kind of mind-f—ing people. It’s saying, ‘Don’t get too comfortable with me.’ That’s one of my mottos: Don’t let people get too comfortable with what you’re doing.”
“Rapping is like being a boxer,” he 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. 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.”
He also talks about how over time that his love on making music has diminished and he is content if Outkast does not record another album,“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.”