While OutKast is set to continue their reunion tour through the fall, André 3000 will also be making his debut as Jimi Hendrix in the John Ridley-directed biopic, Jimi: All Is by My Side. Recently, he sat down with Times music critic Jon Caramanica to discuss the tour, the film, being a father, his creative process, and writing guest verses (most recently for Future’s “Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)“).
Check out some notable quotes from the interview below.
On his decision to play Hendrix:
I may have said it to John [Ridley]: “Man, I’m old. I have gray hair. Get some young unknown kid to play Hendrix.” I turned it down. They kept at it. I actually asked my son, [Seven]. He said, “Yeah, man.”
On advice from The Purple One after Prince attended the first stop on the Outkast Reunion tour at Coachella:
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.”
On having his son Seven come to live with him in Atlanta:
It was a positive in refocusing your life, but I guess it was a negative [in] that it kind of sterilizes you in a way. You’re sitting around the house watching TV just horny, looking at the women.
On becoming less of a rapper and more of a singer:
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.”
(And we believe him.)
And finally, some thoughts on whether or not he’ll release a new album:
I’m just going to call it honest. I know this may sound morbid, but I was like, if I were to die today, I have all these half-songs on my hard drive, and I don’t want that.
Watch the official trailer for Jimi: All is by My Side out in theaters September 26.