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Andre 3000 Celebrates Birthday At Site Of Oakland BBQ Controversy

Photo of André 3000 taken by Vickey Ford of Sneakshot for Okayplayer.

This past weekend marked Outkast rapper Andre 3000‘s 43rd birthday and judging by a number of social media posts from residents in Oakland, the artist celebrated the special day by hanging out at Lake Merritt.

READ: Andre 3000 Releases Two Surprise Songs For Mother’s Day

Three Stacks was seen taking a stroll around the lake and hanging out on both Sunday and Monday, according to a report from SFGate. Several Oakland residents even took pictures with the rapper.

3000’s appearance at Lake Merritt comes shortly after the controversial incident that occurred where a white woman called the police on a black family for BBQing.

Two weeks ago, Kenzie Snider was setting up a grill in the park when the unknown woman began to harass him and his family.

“She said that we were trespassing, we were not welcome, and then she turned back around and said, ‘y’all going to jail,'” Smith said.

Upon arrival, police took statements from both parties, who each claimed they were being harassed by the other. A police report was filed, but no arrests were made and nobody was given a citation. Following the incident, a BBQing While Black event took place, where notable figures such as political activist Angela Davis were seen.

Recently, 3000 released two new songs on Mother’s Day. The songs — “Me & My (To Bury Your Parents)” and “Look Ma No Hands” — were a part of an EP titled Look Ma No Hands.

Source: SFGate

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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