Andr 3000 Admits Big Boi 'Can Rap Better Than Me' & Explains Why He's Lost the 'Pulse' For the Genre
publish date: 2017-10-30
"Here’s the only thing that I would regret: Man, you know, there is still that album that you wanted to do,” admitted André 3000 when speaking to GQ Style’s Editor-In-Chief, Will Welch for an in-depth Q&A conversation in their Holiday issue.
The 42-year-old gives an update on his latest endeavors, moving to NYC and touches on a multitude of entertaining topics ranging from wanting to craft Anita Baker’s merchandise line, his relationship with his parents before they passed and why B.g.Boi is the better rapper of the OutKast duo.
"B.g.Boi is smart as fuck," he admitted to the magazine. "We went to the same high school. I dropped out in 11th grade. B.g.Boi graduated with honors. When you watch early OutKast videos, B.g.Boi’s the leader. He always had the confidence, where I was kind of like the shy one. B.g.Boi can rap better than me — I always said that. 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 shit about that."
But in the post-Outkast days without B.g.Boi, it's not necessarily André's former counterpart's absence that's holding him back from a solo project of his own -- instead, perhaps its his loathing of the studio. “Actually, I hate going to the studio. So what’s got me going once again is me being excited about other artists," he suggests, adding, "I’ve been working on producing a few artists. A couple projects.”
The ATLiens artist also believes he may have lost his stranglehold on the genre saying, “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.”