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“I Don’t Want To Be A 40-Year-Old Rapper”: Andre 3000 Talks Outkast, Battling Depression And If Erykah Badu Really Changed Him
Every Outkast fan lost their s**t just a little bit earlier this year when Andre 3000 came out of hiding to get back on stage with Big Boi for a string of performances at different festivals and events. Their first big unveiling after such a long hiatus was at Coachella in April, and well, let’s just say that reviews were mixed (though I enjoyed it…). Speaking on his return to the spotlight with The New York Times, Andre 3000 was open and honest about that performance, his issues with performing as a part of Outkast at this point, his own musical endeavors, depression and his son, Seven. He also spoke on that running joke that Erykah Badu had all the men she’s been with dressing and acting different. Here are some highlights from that chat:
His Issues With Performing And The Coachella Criticism:
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.”
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 feel good in being able to look at Big Boi and say, ‘Hey, man, we did it.’ Big Boi’s got these great records on his own, but this means something else for him.
Worries About Staying In 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.
I struggle with the verses. I don’t sit around and write raps, I just don’t. Now the only time I’m really inspired to write raps is if an artist that I enjoy invites me to their party. So if Future calls and says, ‘Hey man, I want you to do this,’ I don’t want to let Future down. I don’t want to let Lil Wayne or Drake down, because I love them.
Why He Left In The First Place:
My thing is I’m an idealist. What I get off on is doing things people said could not be done. And so if I’m at a place where I feel like I’m regurgitating or doing the same thing, it’s doing nothing for me. I get bored really fast. I saw a certain thing in rap. It started becoming acceptable. It wasn’t rebellious. So what could be more rebellious than singing love songs, emotional songs [on his half of “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”] when everybody else is mean-mugging, saying “I’m a player.” I want to say: “I love these bitches, man. I really do.”
Apologizing To Big Boi On T.I.’s Song, “Sorry”:
We’ve left millions and millions of dollars on the table. We didn’t even tour for our biggest album [Speakerboxxx/The Love Below]. I just wanted to say I know how hard it must be.
His Past Relationship With Erykah Badu:
It’s funny, the parallels [to me]. People like to joke about [his former girlfriend] Erykah Badu, the mother of my child: “Oh, you completely changed.” I was on my path before I even met Erykah. But one thing I can say. I’m singing around the house, and Erykah’s like: “That sounds great. Why you not doing it?
Being A Better Father To His Son, Seven:
Seven’s been going to school in Atlanta for the last two years. I wake up every morning, take him to school, pick him up from school, going to soccer games, going to wrestling matches. Total dad, which is cool, because so much of that was taken by my early Outkast years. We were at the height, so a lot of the time that should have been [spent] with him, I’m on the road entertaining everybody else.
If The Loss Of His Mother And Father Made Touring Hard:
No, it was actually the biggest blessing ever. These shows force me to have to be in front of those people, so it was good therapy for me.
You can check out the full insightful interview over at the Times website. Let us know what you think about all that Andre 3K had to say.
If you’ve been around children lately, you know that the movie Frozen speaks to them on a deeper level. We adults may be able to appreciate the animated, Disney film but the little ones bond with it. There are countless videos of children singing, dancing and humming the theme song “Let It Go” all over the internet. It’s practically an epidemic.
And while you might think children who are exposed to superb music, wouldn’t have the same reaction to the catchy song, Erykah Badu’s daughter proves that’s not exactly the case.
Over a month ago, the soul singer posted a video of [presumably] one of her daughter’s watching the movie and singing the song…with fervor.
While baby girl was into it, Erykah, on the other hand, was not.
Check out the comical vines below.
Peep the captions on the videos:
“If I hear this song one more damned time tonight I’m gone break down nervous..”
“Ooo please let it go..”
Do you have a child in your life who can’t get enough of Frozen? If so, know that you’re not suffering alone.
Twitter is the place most of us go to write about our fleeting emotions throughout the day, subtweet about your job, comment on the latest pop culture event or share the good and bad news of the internet with the rest of your followers. And unless you’ve managed to join the elite club that is Black Twitter, for the most part, your tweets are a drop in the bucket. But if you’re a celebrity, your thoughts and feelings are weighed more heavily and your presence on this social network puts you in touch with adoring masses or an angry mob.
Most celebs need to ignore the haters and naysayers. But Erykah Badu aka @fatbellybella is just not like most celebrities. And if you come for her and she sees you, you can bet you’re going to get mildly clowned… for an extended period of time.
And honestly, the way some people come at Erykah, most of it is quite justified.
Click through the following pages and see what I mean.
Over the past few weeks, Common has spoken quite openly about his relationships with both Serena Williams and Erkyah Badu. During a recent chat with The Breakfast Club, he went on to further expound on his relationships with these celebrity women, as well as his past relationship with actress Taraji P. Henson.
While the actor and rapper says that he was definitely serious about both Erkyah and Serena, it doesn’t really seem that a reunion between either couple is likely.
“It’s like once I’ve experienced that person its like man, sometimes life goes on,” he explained. “I can’t say I never would go back but Serena and Erkyah was the most serious relationships that I had as an adult and after, it’s one of those things, it’s like, ‘I have to move forward.’ It was real love right there. Both of those women I could’ve married. I was like if I’m not supposed to be there, we’re just supposed to be friends.”
Speaking of marriage, Common doesn’t seem too sure that he’ll be making the big leap in the future—or ever.
“I don’t know. I was thinking about that last night while talking to one of my lady friends. I don’t know if I’m marriage material, maybe someday” he expressed.
“I be focused on my music and my work a lot. Sometimes that’s hard to balance with a relationship. I do like relationships, but a lot of times when I’m in relationships, I don’t make my best albums. Put it this way, I would have to find the right relationship. You know, a woman who understands the time that you gotta give. to your work. That’s really what it is.”
He also further explained his previous comment that Erkyah has that “good good.”
“The hood knows what it is. Erkyah got something with her, she got something special. Erykah a raw girl, she got a lot to her. She’s from the hood, point blank. She’s just one of those people from the hood that’s artsy, artistic, spiritual, she’s got a lot to her.”
As for the public believing that Serena broke his heart, Common had this to say:
“Me and Serena was together. We broke up. I don’t know specifically her and Drake, it felt like obviously something was going on [after we broke up], I ain’t dwell on it too much. I ain’t have no problem with that, you do what you do. After a while I felt like in some of Drake’s songs he was saying stuff that was subliminal to me. And I was like, you just don’t know nowadays cats be doing them sneak disses and after a while it was like I’m just going to come out and say what I need to say. It was a show I was at and I left and Drake said something out to the crowd, some tough stuff. So then I was like, ‘aight, it was that time’ because I knew he was directing it to me. We kept it on record and after that it was squashed.”
The Chicago rapper-turned-actor also confessed to confronting Serena about her relationship with Drake.
“I definitely talked to her about it. At the end of the day, once she aint ya lady, what can I say? It don’t have nothing to do with me at that point.”
He also seemed to confirm rumors that he once had a thing with Kerry Washington by releasing a bashful giggle.
“Easy, easy. Ain’t no scandal here. She’s married now.”
Out of all of his celebrity exes, Common says his mama loved Taraji the most.
“My mother loved Taraji and funny enough she got cool with Serena even more after we broke up.”
Watch Common’s full interview on the next page. Thoughts?
Everyone has to start out somewhere and somehow, and in the music industry, it’s not easy. Beyoncé started with Destiny’s Child, Justin Timberlake got his start with N’Sync. The following famous folks named in this slideshow have had some crazy success solo (some more than others), but at one point, they tried to get their careers off the ground or hone their skills in bands and groups. These are 15 singers who started in groups.
Around the time that New Jack Swing was still everything in music, Elliott was a part of a group called Fayze, and good friend Timothy Mosley (Timbaland) was the group’s producer. Eventually, Fayze’s music was heard by musical genius and Jodeci member DeVante Swing when they sang for him after a Jodeci concert, and he signed them to his Swing Mob label. The women went from Fayze to Sista, and though they worked on an album with Timbaland and DeVante, it was shelved. When Swing Mob went down in ’95, Sista went their separate ways, and Elliott focused on working with Timbaland, and other former Swing Mob members, Ginuwine, Tweet and Playa.
I’ve been a huge fan of Raphael Saadiq for years. From his Tony! Toni! Tone! days, to his solo efforts like Ray Ray and Instant Vintage, he can do no wrong in my eyes. Plus, aside from having an awesome voice and playing a mean guitar, he’s behind some of my favorite R&B/soul/neo-soul joints over the years. He’s worked with just about everyone, and there hasn’t been a song he’s contributed his talents to that I haven’t appreciated. Here are just a few of his many musical contributions to your ears.
Untitled (How Does It Feel) by D’Angelo
This isn’t the first time Saadiq and D’Angelo made magic together (but I’ll let you click through to find out the other time). The hit song that was the lead single from the critically acclaimed Voodoo album was co-written and co-produced by Saadiq. He plays bass guitar on the song, which won a Grammy for Best Male Vocal R&B Performance.
“The ‘Badu Box’ Is Real”: Common Speaks On Erykah Badu’s Voodoo, And How Their Relationship Changed Him
In an interview with The Combat Jack Show, Common spoke about his new album, Nobody’s Smiling, and the topic of his past relationships came up. Of course, he was once involved with Erykah Badu (they were together from 2000 and 2002) and during the time he was with her, it seemed that the rapper’s whole style changed. A similar change occurred when Badu was involved with Andre 3000 back in the day (but he never looked back), and because of this, many have joked about the effect she has on rappers–a “voodoo” of sorts. There has been a song about it (“She Got That Erykah Badu“) and everything. But Common is the first man she’s been with to really talk about such jokes and claims. Badu was his first love, and while he joked about the power of the “Badu box,” he admits that she was a big inspiration to him.
When speaking on the effect she has on men, Common says she’s just that special.
“Yeah, the ‘Badu Box’ is real. Man, it could take you to another universe [laughs]. Nah but seriously. That’s when you meet somebody that’s real special and you’re like, ‘Man, this woman’s got…she got something else, man. It ain’t just sex, it ain’t just the looks. It’s just something that’s kind of like spirit-wise where you’re like, ‘This woman got something else.’ And that’s all it is. but for me, I just appreciated her for all those aspects: Her being super-talented, of being real fresh, and being into new s**t I just wasn’t up on. And then at the same token that whole spiritual things is real. We’re both Pisces.”
And he also explained why he was walking around in kufis and crochet ensembles for a time while they dated.
“She definitely was not like, ‘wear this.’ It was something that was coming from me. Moving to New York I had the aspirations to do something new, to change, to grow, just try new things. She definitely was an influence I can’t act like she wasn’t an influence because she introduced me to certain people that were creative artists, but as far as my choice – it was my choice to say, ‘I want to do this. I want to do that.’ She wasn’t agreeing with some of my fashion choices either to be honest. But that period in my life, I had a great time. Erykah, I be listening to some of her songs, and I’m like, ‘This girl is dope.’”
Badu has spoken in the past about the jokes about her mystical powers on men, According to Global Grind, she had this to say a while back:
“I learned just as much from them as they learned from me. I’m a cold motherf***a though. But the people I’m with are cold too, they’re a reflection of that. Become a cold motherf***a and the motherf***a will just come like magnets.”
You might want to write that last part down so you too can become a “cold motherf***a.” But in all seriousness, what do you think of what Common had to say?
Check out the full interview, which is more than an hour long, here. The question about Badu occurs at the 1:25:30 mark.
Erykah Badu is a wild card. Even after all these years we still don’t know quite what to expect from her. Recently, she’s been hanging out in New York performing at Dave Chappelle comedy show on Friday and then at Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” block party, celebrating 25 years since the film was released.
And though she’s a busy woman, she still had time for some shenanigans.
She just so happened to be walking past New York’s Pix 11 reporter Mario Diaz in the middle of a live broadcast on Friday and decided to have some fun with him. Badu walked into the frame wearing a large, white hat and a devious smile. From there she opened her coat to flash her outfit and then she used her hands to insinuate coitus. And then to top it off, she inched closer to the reporter, attempting to kiss him.
But Mario wasn’t going out like that. He blocked Badu with his forearm and an excuse me and finished his report. Clearly, neither Mario nor the anchorwoman in the studio recognized Badu.
Later after the dust settled Erykah tried to deny that it was her in the live broadcast, but eventually she came clean apologizing to Mario Diaz.
Diaz took it in stride, tweeting a Prince lyric.
You can watch a video of the full encounter below.
When was the last time you saw Seven? Yes, Erykah Badu and Andre 3000’s song Seven. Personally, I can’t remember but I know he was probably just past toddlerhood. But in case you haven’t noticed, Seven is quite the young man now. And he looks like his father spit him out. My friend says she sees Erykah in his face but I certainly don’t know where. These two standing together literally look like a before and after picture.
It was taken a couple of weeks ago when Outkast performed.
Okayplayer posted the adorable father-son photo on their Instagram account with the following caption: “While we’re still riding high on #ErykahBadu, have you seen her son Seven lately? #Andre3000 & his mini-3k hit Governor’s Ball earlier this month. #aww”
It appears that everybody’s favorite gaudy jewelry maker is in hot water again – this time internationally on allegations of some shady business dealings in Swaziland, which is the last remaining absolute monarch in Africa.
And if you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about Jacob “The Jeweler” Arabo, who is the owner of Jacob & Co., and friend to many in the Hip Hop community (as evidenced by the number of shout-outs he and his business gets on songs – 62 in total). He also boasts members of the mainstream prestige as clientele including Sir Elton John, Bono and former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani (that’s according to his wiki page). According to the Swazi Observer, Arabo has also been implicated in massive and illegal gold mining in the south African country.
As reported by the paper, Arabo’s Jacob & Co. was granted permission by King Mswati III to prospect for gold in that country’s Northern Hhohho Mountains area. However, the King’s officials have pulled the company’s prospecting license, which only allowed for the jeweler to locate gold and ascertain its quality but no digging, after local residents informed the government that the jewelry company was using heavy machinery and mining for gold far away in an untapped portion of the Lufafa Mountains.
The report goes on to further state:
“Upon inspection of the site by officers from the geology department, it was discovered that employees of Jacob and Co. had dug mine shafts along the mountain and were mining gold. A report on the findings was compiled and submitted to the commissioner of mines for action,” an impeccable source said.”
Moreover, a Jacob & Co. employee was arrested in Swaziland in connections with the illegal mining allegations with 27g of gold nuggets in his possession of 27kg of gold nuggets. According to the report, all gold discovered in Swaziland is supposed to be forwarded to the Central Bank as it property of the King. And those caught mining without permission from the King (or one of his chiefs, prince or princesses) can be punished severely by law.
It’s not clear yet on what other sanctions might happen to Arabo and his jewelry company, considering his alleged close ties with the Royal family. If you recall, Arabo’s name was at center of controversy, involving neo-soul singer Erykah Badu, who was flown in by Arabo to sing and present a gift to the King during his lavish royal birthday party. Badu, who was in nearby South Africa recording an album prior to her appearance, gave the King a stone, which she claimed would lift his spirits.
Badu received much of the flack for the appearance from human rights organizations, who claimed that her presence supported tyranny and abuses of political opponents allegedly at the bequest of the King. However Badu maintained that she wasn’t aware of the allegations nor was she political and instead, was there solely to perform a favor for her friend Arabo.
Meanwhile Arabo, whose family emigrated from Uzbekistan to the United States when he was only 14, pretty much skirted away from the controversy unscathed. However this is not the first time Arabo has found himself in the middle of some shady jewlery dealings. According to The Smoking Gun, Arabo allegedly helped members of the notorious Detroit Black Mafia Family to launder millions. Arabo was convicted of federal charges in 2008 and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison. He was released in 2010.
If the allegations are true, Arabo proves that all the glitters ain’t gold – or maybe it is and it just was stolen?