Mon 19 Nov 2012
It’s rare when you get see Three Stacks let loose and have fun giving an interview. To most, he’s a guarded artist, who chooses to remain quiet about his projects and personal life. We can’t really knock him, though, because his music speaks for itself. Last week, I was blessed with a face to face sitdown with Andre 3000. On a press day to promote his Gillette campaign and the Movemeber movement (which helps brings awareness to Prostate cancer in men), 1/2 of OutKast loosened up and let me into his psyche. We talked about his early days as the neighborhood barber, his long standing love for Polo, becoming Hendrix, whether or not he would do a song for Obama and more.
VIBE: Do you have to hear the song first before saying “yes”?
Andre: Oh yeah! It’s all about the song and even the T.I. record. Me and Tip been trying to do a record forever. Like even if Obama called me up like ‘Hey wanna do this song?’ I’d say ‘Well I gotta hear it first.’ I can’t just say “yes” to anyone. And Obama follows rap I think [laughs].
Check out all the best quotes from Andre’s interview after the jump…
[Laughs] Aw man, honestly what was the worst haircut you’ve ever received in your life?
Uhhh… the worst haircut, the worst… I think the worst haircut was in high school. It used to be called the “Fat Back.”
Fat Back, yup.
That sounds mad Southern, man.
Fat back was really low and you just left all this hair in the back. You had big hair in the back and you blend it…
Was that the Black Mullet?
[Laughs] Like a Black Mullet, so it was like the Black Mullet. I think that was the stupidest thing I ever had.
So did you ever think about maybe being a stylist or fashion designer, instead of rapper?
I’m still thinking about it. I think it’ll be hard for me to be a stylist because it’s hard for me to like… a stylist ‘s job seems really hard because, to me, personal style is about personality. I’ve never had a stylist. I like to go shop myself. I like to pick things. A stylists’ job basically is to keep the artists in tune with what’s going on now, so they usually just pull from what’s hot.
I’d say taking chances in fashion is something you’re definitely familiar with. Would you say you go through “fashion phases”?
Style phases man, growing and learning what works for me. But even as a kid you know we were all Ralph [Polo] kids growing up, and in the South it was about being a prep. We used to have style wars. Like how L.A. has gangs like crips and bloods, we had style gangs like Stray Cats.
I wasn’t even aware. In New York we had the Lo-Lifes, and a few others that were straight “Polo gangs.”
Same thing, we had the Stray Cats, they all wore plaid pants, Tretorns and dyed hair. Polo everything. We actually wore Polo riding boots to school. I wore them in the Gillette commercial.
Were the Stray Cats rocking 10 Lo shirts at a time and ripping one off after each period in school and stuff like that?
We had three Polos on at once, so you’d have three colors coming out your neck like a peacock. You’d have three polo colors showing at once. It was real stupid but it was fun as kids. And when I met Big Boi I had just started learning how to dye clothes. So I would buy red dye from the grocery store and Gap jeans and tear my Guess triangle off of my pants and sew it on my Gap jeans. I had orange Guess jeans and people at school were like ‘Man where’d you get those from?’ I used to lie and say ‘I got them from a special factory in Alabama.’ [laughs]
I remember you saying that you quit smoking weed and drinking around that time.
At the same time cause I actually looked in the mirror and saw myself deteriorating.
Wow at such a young age, too.
I was like man we’re doing too much. Way too much.
It’ll really be an eye opener for a lot of young hip-hop fans when they read this.
Oh, and another thing I really want to get out. We just finished the Hendrix movie. In my research there’s an interview and Hendrix says ‘I used to think that I was made for acid,’ he said, ‘Now, I know that I was not and that I’ve done way too much acid.’
Wow and that was after he had become a star?
Yeah, this was like towards the end of his career but he knew it. I think a lot of kids look at Hendrix as ‘He’s the drug guy.’ Kids need to know this.
How was that whole experience of just getting into the Jimi Hendrix character?
I camped down in California. I didn’t speak to my friends really cause I had to change my voice and my accent. I have a thick Southern drawl, so I had to listen hours of Hendrix interviews and had to lose a lot of weight. But it was a great experience, and I cannot wait until everybody sees it. I haven’t seen even seen a bit of it yet.
You haven’t seen the movie you starred in?
No, I didn’t see the dailys either when we did the scenes. I never looked behind the camera to see what it looked like. I just kind of just did it.
Was that a conscious decision?
Yeah, because I’m just self-conscious and if I would have saw something that I hated it would messed my performance up for the rest of the day. Or if I saw something I loved I wouldn’t want to try and redo it. Hendrix was a style-man, like just researching him and you see how style was a big part of him. Like that’s all he was about he would say ‘I’m not really a guitar player, honestly. I’m just a style-man.’
That’s crazy and so many people have taken from that. Before we wrap up, I know everyone and their mother is hounding you about the next Kast album and your solo LP, but just let me know where you are musically.
The only thing I can really say is I write lyrics every day. I wouldn’t say that I write raps everyday but I’ll… at the end of the day they’re all just thoughts. You know and sometimes they turn into raps, they turn into melodic songs, or they just turn into song titles. But I haven’t said ‘Okay I’m putting this album out right now.’ I’m not at that place. I just have to find something that I’m super excited about and right now I’m just chasing that feeling, man. I got a figure out why I’m doing this.
I mean we get little pockets of your music. We hear you pop up on Jeezy’s album, you pop up on Rick Ross’ album and as fans just we want more!
Yeah, those joints just keep me alive. Those artists’ reach out to me.
Read the full interview at VIBE.com