Today, Comedian Chris Rock posted a photo on Instagram of Himself, Andre 3000, Dave Chappelle, D-Nice, Jack White, and Jarobi – with the Caption “Hard at work on the new Andre 3000 album”
One of my favorite Twitter followers, @DanielNoelD – wrote this blog post on his tumblr recently; inspired by yours truly. Due to the overwhelming accuracy (except the Kanye slander) I thought I’d share:
“André Lauren Benjamin could win 20 awards tomorrow and I would still believe that he doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
Yesterday I was having a conversation with the girl on Twitter -(@mikaarianna) – who has what I consider a great taste in Hip-Hop, thoughts on Kanye and his influence on Hip-Hop, and just the culture at large.
Although I agree that Kanye has done a lot to advance the culture and genre, (even though the more he opens his mouth, the harder it is for me to be a supporter of his or even want to listen to his music), I feel like André 3000 should get the praise and worship that Kanye thinks he deserves.
Not only has Andre given us an extensive amount of incredible and legendary music as half of one of the greatest Hip-Hop groups/ duos (they’re at a tie with the Fugees in my opinion. L-Boogie’s bars on the Score are unmatched), his influence on the culture is undeniable. In a time where Gangsta Rap was really beginning to take over(rightfully so), Outkast was made up by some of the many great Hip-Hop artists who provided an alternative. Simultaneously, Andre’s costume wear, and choices in hairstyles completely destroyed all expectations of what “black masculinity” was, and how society expected black men to conduct themselves.
Stankonia is one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums ever recorded or crafted. From “B.O.B.” to “Ms. Jackson” to “Gangsta Sh*t”, he displayed not only his lyrical ability – but his ability to tackle a variety of different subjects. I know he never properly gave us a full length solo studio album, but I honestly think he’s one of the greatest MC’s/Hip-Hop Artists we’ve ever seen or heard, coming second only to 2Pac.”
Although I do believe Kanye is rightfully credited for all his innovations, and 2Pac isn’t quite up there with André, I couldn’t have worded this any better myself.
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