Everyone’s favorite rapper isn’t his own favorite rapper.
According to André 3000, he is not the strongest link in OutKast. In a new interview with GQ Style, the typically elusive Three Stacks speaks on possibly designing merchandise for Anita Baker, his ambivalence in returning to music, and who is the better rapper in Outkast.
“Big Boi can rap better than me—I always said that,” 3000 said. “If somebody said, ‘Pick who you want from OutKast to go to battle with you,’ it wouldn’t be me. ‘Cause like, what I’ma do? Say some mind shit? You can’t have thoughts in a battle—nobody gives a s**t about that.”
Three Stacks also talks about how he was inspired to create his own apparel celebrating famed singer Anita Baker.
“…I was going through an Anita Baker phase, and I started trying to buy a T-shirt. So I go on the Internet and I find this site that had shirts with photos of Anita on them…I felt bad about it, because it’s like, I know Anita ain’t got shit to do with these shirts,” 3000 said. “…Then I started thinking, Wouldn’t it be great to design a line of Anita Baker tees and present the line to Anita? Maybe she needs some merch.”
During the interview, the artist also speaks about teaching himself how to play new instruments, saying that he has “hours and hours of files.” However, he is still hesitant on making a return to music.
“I don’t have the pulse anymore. Rhythms change every generation. The intensity and the drums change. And I’m not on the pulse. I can’t pretend. It’s kinda like watching your uncle dance,” he said. “… hip-hop is about freshness. You can always hop, but you won’t always be hip. At a certain point, you just won’t. And this is how I know: All the people I grew up with, none of them, not a one, is thriving. Not a one.”
Read the interview in full here.