Andre 3000 recently sat down with Jay-Z’s Life + Times to discuss everything from his role as Jimi Hendrix to how he deals with the paparazzi, as well as possible solo projects. He notes that Big Boi is damn near done with his album and that 3000 has been inspired to create a new project as well after he’s off of tour. Everyone is practically begging for Andre 3000 to make an album since we’ve only experienced some of his more recent rap verses on features over the years. Read our favorite excerpts from the interview below.
On how he became Jimi Hendrix:
“I used everything I could. I watched every piece of Hendrix footage I could find. I listened to every interview I had never heard before and even John Ridley’s research team pulled audio interviews that I had never heard of Hendrix being interviewed backstage by magazines. I looked at pictures and dreamt like a kid to see what he might be thinking. I also did weight training to lose 20 pounds because Hendrix was really skinny. I did months of guitar practices. I already had long hair so I had to perm my hair the way that Jimi did it because Jimi put rollers in his hair every night so I had to kind of do that too. I know trying it with a wig would feel stupid so I just went for it as much as I could. Even mimicking his walking and mannerisms when he talked. It was kind of everything I could find and I threw it all into one pot and try to give my own interpretation of what it was.” L+T
On his isolation over the years:
“It wasn’t a deliberate thing. I just think the more popular you become, the less personal space you have. I think I had to try and carve out my own time. I grew up as an only child and spent most of my time alone so I’m just most comfortable that way. I’ve always been to myself so I’m comfortable with that and I try to find new ways to carve out that space so I can keep something of myself. I think with this new day and age with paparazzi and people following you around and trying to take pictures and film you, (being a celebrity) becomes really unattractive. I only go out when I’m driven to go out.” L+T
On whether the engrossing himself with all things Hendrix has inspired his artistry in a way that could lead to another OutKast or solo album:
“I can’t say that there was a huge revelation from playing Hendrix in the movie. I think it just was a great experience that I went through. It was challenging considering that I don’t really consider myself an actor in that way. I consider myself more of an opportunist who got to play Jimi Hendrix and put my all into it. But I can’t say I walked away with any life-changing thing. As far as an Outkast album, we don’t have any plans to do one. After this tour though, I’ve been thinking about recording this album that I always wanted to record. We’re both working on solo albums. Big Boi is damn near through with his next album. I think after we finish this last show on October 31st in New Orleans. I’d love to get in the studio and see if I can conjure up something.” L+T