WHAT HAPPENED TO ANDRE 3000? HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY IT SEEMED LIKE HE FELL BACK FROM THE SPOT LIGHT....WELL HE OPENED UP IN A GQ MAGAZINE INTERVIEW ABOUT HIS SOCIAL ANXIETIES AND WHY HE STOPPED TOURING ALL TOGETHER
IN THE INTERVIEW ANDRE SAID:
"I was diagnosed with this social thing. I didn’t notice it until I became an entertainer. I don’t know if it’s the shock of all kind of people coming up to you, or the expectations, but I got to this place where it was hard for me to be in public without feeling watched or really nervous.
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was 2003, so…Yeah, around there. Before that album, I moved to California. It started a little bit before then, and I just chucked it off as Aw, yeah, man, I just need to take a break. And I started to notice it getting worse and worse. Because the more you run from it, the worse it gets. You don’t want to explain it, because you don’t want to be a weak link around your friends. I never told my crew for a long time, so I just started getting to myself. Spending more time with myself and stopped touring. And it felt great for me to do that, because it’s like, Phew, I don’t like that life, I don’t like that confrontation."
HE WENT ON TO TALK ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH BIG BOI:
"I can say, man, my partner, Big Boi, has always been on it. He’s sharp. He always knew the right decisions. He got into a real relationship really early. Right before our second album, he had a kid, and he and the girl stayed together, and they’re married now. I did the opposite. I’m all over the place. I never went on real dates. I don’t want to meet anybody’s parents. Like, I’m a f...ing rapper.
The secret reality of OutKast is that while Big Boi was “street,” and you guys were marketed as “the player and the poet,” he’s always been super on it.
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 s**t? You can’t have thoughts in a battle—nobody gives a s**t about that.