Andre got real in a new interview
Andre 3000 gave an incredible interview to GQ Style earlier this week. In the profile and accompanying photo shoot that includes Andre’s own bootleg Anita Baker clothes, the rapper offers a glimpse into his very regular life.
Given that many rap fans see Andre as a literal alien — a rap mystic who descended upon Atlanta rather than grew up in it — it was interesting to hear from an older Andre who is every inch an average Joe. You know, just with a lot more money and clout than usual.
Three Stacks talked about his struggles with anxiety and having to live as a person set apart from what everyone else experiences. He said that the only way to deal with his mental health issues was to spend time around other folks, even though his head was telling him to hole up. The Outkast rapper revealed:
“I was in all three holes. I was in a creative hole, a personal hole, and I was still not dealing with my mom’s and my father’s deaths. And really, I don’t know if I have still. You know: Just push that away. The problem with being successful is you can do whatever you do times ten. And no one to stop you. You can easily go down the wrong path and you get into that place. And the thing that brings you out is other people.
Got It From His Mama
Andre went on to say that it can be hard to deal with these sorts of problems when everyone places you into a separate space from themselves, like they do with celebrities. “They say that if you’re an entertainer, whatever time you took off, you stay that age, I was 17.” Andre explained. The star continued:
“When I was 17, they still had checkbooks, and my mom taught me how to write a check and do my balance. So I had one check on my balance, and then OutKast took off. I have not paid a bill since. People ask, What does it feel like? As humans, we want attention. We want to be validated. At the same time, it’s strange attention, and a lot of it. If you have an excess of anything, it becomes strange.
He also expressed concern for his son, who was raised in the spotlight thanks to his famous parents. “Even when people heard that we was having a kid, they was like, Oh, this kid is gonna be——a genie! Before he even got here. I really hate it for him,” the rapper explained.
Of course, the solution is for people to see you as just another person which is why he decided to open up about these fears and his past. Three Stacks told GQ that his mom pulled him aside later in life and admitted that she smoked crack when he was a child.
According to the star, the reveal came “[o]ut of nowhere” when he was in his 30s. “You know, when you were 5, I used to go and do crack,” she told Andre out of the blue.
“She was like, ‘It was new during that time. I was dating this drug-dealer guy, and he sold cocaine, and we would do cocaine, and that was like a normal thing.’ And she said, ‘Me and that guy broke up, and I had to find something to get high, and there was this new thing called crack.’ So she tried it, and there it was. And the person that she ended up marrying was the guy that used to keep me when she would go do crack.
Andre said that he wished more people would show this side of themselves to their children. He thinks that this kind of hoensty can help rid kids of the idea that they were messing up in their lives and let them know that their parents might have messed up a bit, too. That said, he admitted that he didn’t have time to process the news and do the same for his son… yet.
Check out the whole interview over at GQ Style and keep an eye out for Andre admitting that Big Boi is Outkast’s best rapper. What do you think? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.