Whenever you’re itemizing essentially the most influential individuals of the early 2000s, you’d be remiss to not embody OutKast’s André Lauren Benjamin aka André 3000. We may go on and on concerning the many, some ways he influenced so many individuals’s lives beginning again within the late ‘90s and persevering with till, effectively, now, however we don’t want to try this as a result of, clearly, you already find out about André 3000.
All people does.
Solely, it’s most likely doubtless that it’s been some time because you final noticed him, proper? Just about each single particular person on Earth noticed him within the music video for “Hey Ya!” after which what? What occurred to André 3000? Don’t fear — he appears to be doing nice! And he’s nonetheless bringing tons of individuals tons of pleasure.
What occurred to André 3000?
André 3000 has definitely taken a step again from the highlight in recent times. He has made a number of public appearances, together with a 2014 OutKast reunion tour, however aside from that has stored very under-the-radar. In a 2017 interview with GQ, he spoke a bit about being recognized with a “social factor” that will clarify a few of his absence from the general public eye.
“I didn’t discover it till I grew to become an entertainer,” he mentioned. “I don’t know if it’s the shock of all sort of individuals coming as much as you, or the expectations, however I received to this place the place it was onerous for me to be in public with out feeling watched or actually nervous. […] [I]t began to bleed over into my regular life. I’d simply meet new individuals and I might freak out or have to go away.”
“You don’t wish to clarify it, since you don’t wish to be a weak hyperlink round your mates. I by no means informed my crew for a very long time, so I simply began attending to myself. Spending extra time with myself and stopped touring. And it felt nice for me to try this, as a result of it’s like, Phew, I don’t like that life, I don’t like that confrontation.”
Regardless of protecting a low profile, André has nonetheless stored busy. He mentioned that he’s recorded “hours and hours” of music information and has additionally designed a whole line of merchandise for Anita Baker and his personal clothes line referred to as “Benjamin Bixby.”
Just lately, Jeff Staple — founding father of Staple Design and, apparently, an enormous fan of André’s — met up with the rapper at The Grove in LA. As luck would have it, Jeff occurred to be sporting a shirt André himself had designed! “Dope shirt, dope shirt!” André says within the video, whereas additionally holding a big picket flute. It seems he had been taking part in the flute simply previous to the video — not a foul method to spend a while!
Some individuals had been a bit fearful upon seeing the video of André and his flute, maybe as a result of he reveals some indicators of ageing. Nevertheless, as we already talked about, it’s been some time since André’s final public look, and other people age! Clearly, we don’t understand how André spends his private time, however he appears to be pleased simply residing his life.
After Jeff’s interplay with André began going viral on-line, individuals started posting their very own footage that they had taken with André through the years, in addition to movies of him taking part in his flute in public. It seems as if regardless of principally staying out of the general public eye, André nonetheless makes loads of time for his followers and is prepared to take images with them once they spot him out on the earth.
Clearly, well-known individuals are nonetheless individuals, and needing some private time is completely comprehensible. Hopefully, André resides his finest life — flute, grey hair, and all.