Earlier this month, André 3000 released his first album in 17 years. New Blue Sun is not only noteworthy as a deviation from OutKast, but the LP also featured no rapping whatsoever. Instead, the Hip-Hop legend opted to play flute. In the days before releasing the Epic Records album, Dre spoke about his relationship with rapping.
“Sometimes it feels inauthentic for me to rap, because I don’t have anything to talk about that way,” the Grammy-winning MC told GQ‘s Zach Baron. “I’m 48 years old—not to say that age is a thing that dictates what you rap about, but in a way, it does.” In that same interview, the artist admitted that he is worlds away from the Hip-Hop zeitgeist of smoky studio sessions.
As Andre opens up about his relationship with Rap, another Grammy-winner has spoken up. Even before André’s Jazz album, Lupe announced that he was planning to make a point—by rapping to the beats—which are beyond even the Instrumental Hip-Hop sub-genre.
Lupe tweeted on November 14, “Gonna rap all over that 3stacks album and put it in the time capsule for future generations.”