Andre 3000 Praises Young Thug for His Confidence, Talks Possible Retirement From Rap
“He’s exciting,” 3000 said. “There’s no box. He’s all over the place. To do those things he does, you have to have big f---in’ balls. It’s almost harder than the guy who’s portraying hard, you know? It’s kind of mind-f---ing people. It’s saying, 'Don’t get too comfortable with me.' That’s one of my mottos: Don’t let people get too comfortable with what you’re doing.”
Despite potentially closing the door on his celebrated career, 3000 remains optimistic about the future of hip-hop because of the genre's new wave of artists.
“Rapping is like being a boxer,” he said. “No matter how great you are or were at a certain time, the older you get, the slower you get -- I don’t care who you are. And I can feel that coming on. There’s always a new wave of artists, and sometimes I’m just like, ‘I’m good. I’ll let the young guys do it.’ And whenever they reach out and say, ‘Hey, let’s try something,’ I’m with helping them. I’m doing it more for them than for my own self. I don’t get much happiness from doing music like that -- I get happiness from pleasing who I’m working with, and helping them, and seeing them be excited.”
Known for his uncanny wordplay, 3000 has always been considered one of the genre's most pristine writers. Despite his masterful talents, his love for the sport has diminished over time, simply because of age.
“I kind of like not being a part of [rap], now that I’ve done it,” he said. “As I get older, I start to see myself move more back from it -- the hustle and bustle of putting out an album, the pressure of being in the studio trying to come up with something. Now it’s more like a hobby for me, so I don’t think about it in that way."
While fans continue to keep their fingers crossed for one more Outkast album, 3000 seems content on leaving that chapter of his life closed.
"Even with Outkast -- if we never do another album, I’m totally fine with that," he said. "When I was 25, I said I don’t want to be a 30-year-old rapper. I’m 42 now, and I feel more and more that way. Do I really want to be 50 years old up there doing that? When I watch other rappers that are my age I commend them, but I just wonder where the inspiration is coming from. At this stage I’m really more focused on what I am going to be doing 10 years from now. And I hope to God it won’t be rapping."
Read his profile with Complex here.