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Andre 3000 Reveals How “Hello” Duet With Erykah Badu Happened, Hints At New Music


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Andre 3000 gives the scoop on how he ended up reuniting with his ex Erykah Badu on their “Hello” duet. The super private rapper also hinted at some new music on the way. Oh? Deets inside….

Andre 3000 shocked us all when he popped up on a duet with his ex/son’s mother Erykah Badu for her new mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone. The former lovers created perfect harmony on "Hello" that we ourselves couldn’t get enough of when it first dropped. It was like musical gold for those of us who grew up listening to Outkast and Erykah Badu.

In a new interview with Billboard, 3 Stacks credits his 18-year-old son Seven, whom he shares with Erykah, for how the duet came about. He explained,

“Our son Seven and I were trying to figure out songs that could help her -- songs that were related to the subject of the mixtape: phones. We came across [The Isley Brothers’ 1974 cover of Todd Rundgren’s] “Hello, It’s Me.” Ron Isley repeats the phrase “hello, hello” as if he was answering the phone. I told Erykah, “You should make this into a new song and get somebody to rap on it.” She was like, “Well, you should rap on it!” I’m happy it happened. It was a great reunion, because I don’t think people have heard a song from us in ages.”

He’s right, it was a great reunion that produced a wonderful track.

In previous interviews Ms. Badu talked about how Seven is really getting into music, and with parents like his, it just seems natural that he would dive into music.

Speaking of music, the Outkast rapper also hinted at releasing some new tunes. While he has been busy working on movie roles and TV gigs (did you see him in “American Crime” last night?), he said he always has time for music.

“I still get time to think about music. [Shooting TV and film projects] is not so bad -- it kind of puts you in the place where you’re fiending to do music. I’ve been holding [back] for a long time, so now I’m really interested in figuring out some type of music to do. I’m always recording.”

“I can’t say that I have a target right now. I’ve gotten in trouble before for saying when or what is coming, so I like to just kind of let it be. I’d like to put out some kind of music project, but we’ll see.”

We’re SO here for a new 3 Stacks track!

As for what it was like starring opposite to Regina King on “American Crime,” he said:

“It was fun because it was like an exercise in being able to be outside of myself. I’ve never been married. Of course, I have an 18-year-old kid now, so there were parallels, like the issues of being in a black family or a black person having a black kid in a private school. In real life, I always feel like an oddball going to my kid’s school because I’m a musician; I’m not the normal dad. So to be able to play one is fun to me.”

Ha! You can check out his full interview here.


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