OutKast’s Andre 3000 continues to bestow burgeoning music newcomers with guest appearances and knowledge, as he’ll now appear on fellow Atlanta rapper B.o.B.‘s new “Play the Guitar” record from the upcoming Strange Clouds solo album.
Released this week, Andre shares microphone time alongside the Grand Hustle rapper.
“Play the Guitar” finds the rapper dropping playful rhymes over Salaam Remi produced soundscapes. “Sideline haters need to chill where the cooler is,” B.o.B raps. However, it doesn’t feel like the hero has arrived until André 3000 comes in mid-way to drop knowledge. “I encourage any child to pick up some instrument, because if you’re mad at your dad or your mum you can grab it and strum/ Eat your cabbage and corn by the time you’re done, you’ll probably realize they meant you no harm.” Bobby Ray’s first single, “Strange Clouds” (feat. Lil’ Wayne), is climbing the charts. “Strange Clouds,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart, recently jumped from 48-41 and is currently No. 18 on Rap Songs. (Billboard)
In October, producer 40 revealed Andre 3000’s interest in appearing on Drake’s platinum-selling Take Care LP.
Back in the control room, there’s a pillowy mid-tempo beat on loop, with muffled drum sounds and a whale-like synth bassline that Shebib is improvising on a small keyboard. It’s a two-track instrumental from December 2009, which Drake had asked Shebib to try to find. The night before, Drake received a call from Andre 3000, who said he wanted to get on the rapper’s next LP–and, specifically, on a beat made by 40. The original name of the instrumental was “Good Enough for the Both of Us.” “What a sh*tty title!” Drake says. Suddenly they switch to boardroom mode. Drake, 40, and Drake’s DJ, Future the Prince, discuss Andre 3000 in frank, mathematical terms: the timbre of his voice, the cadences he prefers. They recall his obscure “Walk it Out” freestyle and the run of features since then, and talk about how their instrumental could be modified to better suit Andre’s delivery. (The FADER)
Dre is also heard on pop singer Ke$ha‘s new “Sleazy” remix.
First up is the remix to pop singer Ke$ha’s Benny Blanco-produced club banger, “Sleazy.” T.I. tells XXL that he’s not the only rapper on the song. The track will also feature fellow rap superstars Andre 3000, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa. When asked who has the best verse, the ATLien confidently replied, “I haven’t heard anybody but mine [but] I’m gonna put my money on mine.” (XXL Mag)
In 2010, Southern rapper Chamillionaire talked to SOHH about wanting Andre 3000 to make a strong music comeback.
“One person I really think should come back man is Andre 3000,” Cham told SOHH. “I don’t know if he’s going to but man, the game needs that dude man. For real. Musically, anything, features, I’d be happy with anything. He’ll do one feature every ten years. [laughs] Like d*mn man, he came out with that ‘Walk It Out’ remix and that was ill, he ripped it. And that was it, he kinda fell back again. That’s kinda what a lot of the OG’s are doing, Eminem is the same way. I know what Eminem is capable of, I know he does a lot of that crazy stuff to get people out there, I had a conversation with him, actually, I don’t want to repeat what was said but he said something that was so interesting to me. He made me think about every person in the industry that actually wants to be creative, it’s always that little bit of hesitance. And they don’t want to do it because they’re worried about how people will take it and how it will sell.” (SOHH)
Strange Clouds is expected to hit stores in March 2012.
Check out “Play the Guitar” down below: