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News: Andre 3000 Talks Depression, Horrible Performance and Outkast Reunion

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Andre 3000 recently opened up in a rare interview with Jon Caramanica from the NY Times. He is gearing up for the release of his new film where he plays Jimi Hendrix in ‘Jimi: All is by My Side.’ Here are a few pieces of the Interview which you can read in full here.

On Retiring from Rap:

‘I remember, at like 25, saying, I don’t want to be a 40-year-old rapper. 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. My son, he’s 16. Him and his buddies, they’ll be in the car, and I’ll say, Hey, what do you think about this verse? That’s my gauge at this point. I don’t have the pulse. Part of art is knowing when not to put paint on. And when to change your medium.’

On Touring:

‘Honestly, I never planned to go onstage again in that way. If I feel like I’m getting to a place where it’s mimicking or a caricature, I just want to move on. But I felt like: Let me do it now ’cause these kids [in the audience], it feels good to know that they’re happy. I really don’t actually get anything from performing.

I think people could see it at Coachella, the very first show. It was foreign. My head wasn’t there. I kind of fluffed through rehearsals. A few hours before the Coachella show, I get a message that Prince and Paul McCartney are going to be there. My spirit is not right, and idols are standing side-stage, so as the show started, I’m bummed. This is horrible. In my mind I was already gone to my hotel room halfway through. So Prince called a couple days after. It was my first time actually talking to Prince. He said: When you come back, people want to be wowed. And what’s the best way to wow people? Just give them the hits.

I’m explaining to him that I really didn’t want to do it. He said: I’ve been there. I’ve tried to do other things. After you give them the hits, then you can do whatever.’

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On Depression and The Jimi Hendrix Movie:

‘I may have said it to John [Ridley]: Man, I’m old. I have gray hair. Get some young unknown kid to play Hendrix. I turned it down. They kept at it. I actually asked my son, [Seven]. He said, Yeah, man. Honestly, I needed it in my life, too. Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut. Sometimes, when you’re alone, you can let yourself go. I knew if I got on a train with a lot of different people, then I couldn’t let them down.’

On Putting out a New Album:

‘No, I’d love to put out an album. It’s hard to say. [Laughs.] I’m just going to call it honest. I know this may sound morbid, but I was like, if I were to die today, I have all these half-songs on my hard drive, and I don’t want that. When you feel it, it’s right. If you don’t feel it, then why? Honestly, think about it. Why do it? Why?’