Andre 3000: Moving Lightyears Ahead

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Listed as one of the best rappers of 2000, Andre Lauren Benjamin, better known as Andre’ 3000 or Andre’ Three Stacks, is a father, songwriter, actor and even an entrepreneur. He started a clothing line in 2008 called Bixby. Even though the 42-year-old is far from old, he’s had the pleasure of experiencing a lot and is known as a trendsetter in many different arenas.

“I know, just being a human being, that we’re all really just human beings and kinda acting on stuff that we just tried to do from high school,” explains Andre. “So we all know that. It’s like we just messing around and trying to make something cool.

“You look forward 20 years later, and people are, you know, talking about it in a certain kind of way. It’s just — it’s actually fun because I’m actually standing outside of it, looking at it, looking at other people talk about it. Cause I’m outside of it too now. Because when we were doing it, we were in it. You wasn’t worried about, you know, what people were talking about in that way. You just kind of having fun. You in the studio and your whole focus is doing this music. So when it’s years later, it’s kinda like you’re kinda removed from it, and kinda stepping outside of yourself looking at it. So it does feel kinda weird, like talking about a third person.”

“But I do understand it because I’m a fan of music, so I look at others in the same way.”

“I remember, at like 25, saying, ‘I don’t want to be a 40-year-old rapper.’ I’m still standing by that. I’m such a fan that I don’t want to infiltrate it with old blood.”

On Growing Up In Atlanta

Growing up, mentor was not a word I knew. I didn’t know that word until five or six years ago. The way I explained the word to my kid is like this. I said: “Son, adults are really cool and I’ll tell you why. Because you can compare them to a video game. If you played that video game for the last two years and you’re proficient at it and I just jump on the game, you’re quickly going to say: ‘Hey, Dad, the trap is right there. When you get over there, you have to go, hop hop hop hop hop.’ Now, if you didn’t say that, it might take me a year to figure that out. So a mentor is: I’ve done this, so I’m helping you get past that place.”

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