Andre 3000 Says He Can't Save Hip Hop

posted September 10, 2008 08:47:26 AM CDT | 80 comments

Andre 3000 [click to read] has never been the type to toot his own horn. So although his lyrical prowess has caused many to put his sparse verses on a pedestal, Andre has met the high acclaim with a cold shoulder.
Man, I really appreciate that people appreciate what I do, but I don't like that type of pressure, Andre 3000 told MTV recently.

He continued, I hate it, to be honest. ... I cannot save no whole rap game. I mean, the rap game has to save itself. Everybody's saving it. People like Lil Wayne is saving it. He's bringing energy to it. You cannot put that all on one man, especially me. I write a verse every year. You can't do me like that.

Crediting his success to opposition, Andre explained the naysayers in the early '90s fueled him and Big Boi [click to read]. I work best when people doubt me. Our whole Outkast career has been built on people doubting us. [Fans] up North hated on us from the get-go. We wouldn't be OutKast if people didn't understand what people would call weird. You know, none of that would've happened.

Andre concluded the conversation with a new way for his fans to show respect; by giving none at all. If you see me, tell me I'm wack. That's the best thing you can do for me. You know, if you want a greater album, say that. Say that!

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