Is he right?
Andre 3000 revealed that he thinks Big Boi is the stronger rapper in Outkast in a new profile from GQ. The in-depth interview — which covers everything from his failed fashion line to parenting to the possibility of new music — got onto the topic of Big Boi’s actual life running contrary to the ‘player and the poet’ marketing line.
While Boi has been settled down from nearly the beginning of Outkast, Three Stacks is the one who has flitted around. And that’s not the only thing he feels people get wrong about ‘Kast.
“Big Boi is smart as f*ck. We went to the same high school. I dropped out in 11th grade. Big Boi graduated with honors. When you watch early OutKast videos, Big Boi’s the leader. He always had the confidence, where I was kind of like the shy one. Big 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 sh*t? You can’t have thoughts in a battle—nobody gives a sh*t about that.”
He also said that he has worked on new music and seemed to hint that if he was to die tomorrow, he’d regret never putting out that solo project that fans have clamored for for so long.
“I’m with that, because I want to hear both sides of it. But if I were to drop dead right now, honestly, we’ve done it. And that’s the truth. You know what I mean? Here’s the only thing that I would regret: Man, you know, there is still that album that you wanted to do…Like, I wanted to put out my own project. Things I’ve been working on. But that’s for my personal [satisfaction], you know? And when my dad passed away, there was mourning for him dying, but there was a whole ’nother wave of mourning because I realized, Whoa, he died in his house alone. And I wondered: Had he done everything he wanted to do?
When it comes to the stuff that he’s been working on, Andre’s his own harshest critic. He says he has hours and hours of material for people to one day find, but he’s not a fan of most of it.
It’s hard drives of me just in the house alone playing horrible guitar. Me playing piano. Me playing a little sax. I was trying to find out: What can I be excited about? Because I never was, to me, a great producer or a great writer or a great rapper. I always felt that I was less than everybody else, so I fought harder. My only gauge to know when something was good was how I felt it. Like, Oh, man, this is dope. Or, This is new.
Read the whole interview!
Go check out the whole thing over at GQ and don’t miss Andre’s handmade bootleg Anita Baker shirts among all the Hermes coats. What do you think? Will Andre ever find enough that he likes to give us that full album? Is he really the weaker rapper in Outkast?
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