Andre 3000 Calls Out MCs Who Use Ghostwriters On A New Verse (Audio)
Perhaps more than any MC in Hip-Hop history, Outkast’s André 3000 knows how to make his feature guest verses count. Whether alongside UGK, T.I., DJ Drama, Goodie Mob, or DJ Unk, 3 Stacks has used just 16 or so bars to satisfy fans who have waited a decade-plus for anything more than guest appearances and a few audio loosies.
Over the weekend (August 20), 3000 appeared on Frank Ocean’s Blonde album. On the song “Solo (Reprise),” the Atlanta, Georgia native is featured, just as he was on Channel Orange‘s “Pink Matter.” This time, the Dungeon Family member’s words appear to be anything but minced in speaking about the current state of Hip-Hop and MC’ing:
One critical excerpt of lyrics: “I am no rookie but feel like a kid / Lookin’ at the other kids / With astonishment while I’m on punishment, watchin’ the summer come close to an end / After 20 years in / I’m so naive I was under the impression that everyone wrote they own verses / It’s comin’ back different and yeah, that shit hurts me / I’m hummin’ and whistlin’ to those not deserving / I’m stumbled and lived every word, was I working just way too hard?”
These lines come one summer after Meek Mill outed Drake for using writers, namely Quentin Miller. In 2016, Drake’s Views is the best-selling Hip-Hop album. Other active rappers who have admitted or stated using writers include Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Puff Daddy, and Snoop Dogg. Outkast (and André) have released music with all but the Aftermath Entertainment CEO.
The diamond-certified MC/producer is certainly making a strong statement about a perceived lack of authenticity and work ethic with contemporary artists, and a disillusionment that his favorites aren’t real. His longtime friend and collaborator Cee-Lo Green made a song last month, listing his favorite Hip-Hop MCs.
André’s full “Solo (Reprise)” verse, which deals with superficial beauty, police brutality, and materialism as well:
Notably, Outkast’s platinum-certified Idlewild soundtrack released 10 years ago today (August 22).