News: Andre 3000 Pounds His Chest, Kicks It W/ Gorillaz

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 9:56AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

OutKast's Andre 3000, who is known for being an elusive music star, is finding it more difficult to stay secluded from the mainstream with a new record featuring himself, Gorillaz and rocker James Murphy building a buzz.

Details of the new record collaboration emerged online Thursday (February 9).

As part of Converse Inc.'s continuing "Three Artists. One Song" campaign, Gorillaz, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and Outkast rapper Andre 3000 have teamed up for an original track. "DoYaThing" will be released on Feb. 23, along with a new Gorillaz footwear collection designed by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett for Converse. The Gorillaz partnership with Converse, which was initially announced last November, marks Murphy's return as a vocalist after LCD Soundsystem officially disbanded last April, as well as Andre 3000's latest feature after providing recent guest spots for Drake, Ke$ha and B.o.B. "DoYaThing" will be available as a free download on Converse's official website. (Billboard)

Gorillaz lead vocalist has opened up about their record's significance.

In this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn talks about the latest installment of Converse's ongoing "Three Artists. One Song" project -- past participants include Kid Cudi, Santigold, the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, members of Vampire Weekend and Best Coast, and more -- which put him in a studio for three days with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and OutKast's Andre 3000. The result track, a head-tripping masterpiece called "DoYaThing," will be available for free download on the official Converse website on February 23. "I had spoken to James a couple times, but previously I knew only [his and Andre's] work," Albarn told EW. "I love that level of spontaneity. I look for it all the time. It doesn't always arrive on my doorstep, but it's something I aspire to." (Entertainment Weekly)

Andre 3000 recently made headlines for starring in a Gilette Fushion electric razors campaign.

"Style is taking what you have, kind of what you're given, and playing with it," Dre said in a Gillette promotional video. "That's what style is, just kinda finding what's in you and putting it out into something you have that nobody else has. You kind of just have to love it and nurture it and say, 'This is me and I'm just gonna blast it out to the world!' Facial hair is a part of getting up in the morning. It took me a long time to actually grow hair on my face, so when I got it, I didn't want to get rid of it! I think it's something that frames your face up. ... At the moment, me and my barber kind of separated in a way 'cause my hair's growing. [laughs] So, I don't go by and get haircuts. I haven't gone by in about three years. Maybe. I do my own grooming at home so he reaches out every now and again. He's one less customer right now." (Gillette)

A few weeks ago, Dre released a personal kale and collards recipe.

"Being that I'm from the South, I've eaten collards, mustard and turnip greens all my life. I was introduced to kale a few years ago and fell in love with the way you can instantly stir fry or pan fry it. Kale is also nutritious, and by not boiling it to death like classic Southern greens, most of that nutrition stays in tact." (Bon Appetit)

Check out some recent Andre 3000 footage below:

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