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André 3000

André 3000
André 3000 at the 2007 Comic Con in San Diego, California
Background information
Birth name André Lauren Benjamin
Also known as Andre 3K • Dre • 3 Stacks • Johnny Vulture
Born (1975-05-27) May 27, 1975
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Hip hopjazzR&B
Occupation(s) Rapper • musician •singer-songwriter • actor •dancer • producer •
Instruments Vocals • guitar • bass guitar • keyboards • saxophone • violin
Years active 1991–present
Labels Epic (current) •
Associated acts Dungeon Family • Goodie MobCeeLo GreenGwen StefaniTLCKelisGorillazFrank Ocean

André Lauren Benjamin (born May 27, 1975),[1] better known by his stage name André 3000 (formerly known as André), is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor, best known for being part of hip hop duo Outkast alongside fellow rapper Big Boi. As an actor, Benjamin has made appearances in a number of TV series and films, including Families, The Shield, Be Cool, Revolver, Semi-Pro, Four Brothers, and the leading role of Jimi Hendrix in All Is by My Side. In addition to music and acting, Benjamin has also been an active entrepreneur. In the spring of 2008, he launched a clothing line called Benjamin Bixby. He has also been an advocate for animal rights.[2] He is also known for his work on the Cartoon Network animated series Class of 3000.


  • Early life 1
  • Music career 2
    • Outkast: 1992–2006; 2014 2.1
    • Solo work: 2007–present 2.2
  • Acting career 3
  • Fashion 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Discography 6
  • Filmography 7
  • Awards and nominations 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early life

Benjamin was born in T.I.'s album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head on the song "Sorry". T.I. noted that the collaboration was a "proud moment" for him.[15]

On May 6, 2013 the Great Gatsby Soundtrack was released, featuring a cover by Benjamin and Beyoncé of Amy Winehouse'sBack to Black, marking their second collaboration. The following month, Capital Cities released their debut album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery on which Benjamin was featured on the song "Farrah Fawcett Hair".'

After being seen in the studio with producer Mike WiLL Made It, it was reported on August 3, 2013 that Andre 3000 would be releasing a new solo album in early 2014. However, the following day a representative for Benjamin told Billboard that "there is no official confirmation on that report."[16][17] In 2014, Benjamin appeared on fellow Dungeon Family member Future's second studio album, Honest, on a song titled "Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)".[18]

Acting career

Benjamin has made appearances in Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender's production company A Band Apart until its close in 2006; he then formed his own company, Moxie Turtle. In May 2012, Benjamin began filming a biographical film about Jimi Hendrix entitled All Is By My Side. It premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2013.[19][20][21]


Benjamin launched the "Benjamin Bixby" clothing line in the spring of 2008, inspired by college football circa 1935.[22] In February 2012 Benjamin announced that he would be returning with another line soon.[23]

Personal life

In 2004, alongside

External links

  1. ^ "André 3000 hid away on his 30th birthday". September 22, 2005. Retrieved September 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Home & Family Channel closure – Homefamily". Virgin Media. October 5, 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  3. ^ "OutKast Biography – family, parents, name, story, school, mother, son, old, information, born, college". Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  4. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (September 29, 2003). "Music: Dysfunktion Junction". Time. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "It's A Man's World: Andre 3000". Daily Mail (London). October 18, 2008. 
  7. ^ Blau, Max (September 18, 2003). "Dungeon Family tree | Cover Story | Creative Loafing Atlanta". Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  8. ^ Beyond Keeping It Real: Outkast, the Funk Connection, and Afrofuturism, Howard Rabsy II, American Studies, Volume 52, Number 4, 2013, pp. 205–216
  9. ^ [4]
  10. ^ VOZICK-LEVINSON, S. (Sept. 7, 2007). "ON THE Q-TIP". Entertainment Weekly. 
  11. ^ [5]
  12. ^ "New Music: Ciara f/ André 3000 & Bei Maejor – ‘Ride (Remix)’". Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  13. ^ "Ke$ha f. Andre3000 – Sleazy Rmx | New Hip Hop Music & All The New Rap Songs 2011". HipHop DX. January 14, 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  14. ^ Welch, Will (June 7, 2010). "The Verge Q+A: Big Boi Explains Why Andre 3000 Will Not Appear on Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Q". GQ. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  15. ^ "'"T.I. Calls André 3000 Collaboration a 'Proud Moment. May 30, 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  16. ^ "Andre 3000 Solo Album Next Year". Complex. August 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  17. ^ "Andre 3000 Rep Says Rumored 2014 Solo Debut Album is Not a Sure Thing". Billboard. August 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  18. ^ "Future Reveals 'Honest' Album Release Date, Cover & Tracklist". Vibe. March 9, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  19. ^ Susman, Gary (March 5, 2004). "Casting Call".  
  20. ^ Kelly Nelson, Liz (May 29, 2012). "'"First look: Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in 'All is By My Side.  
  21. ^ "André 3000 Looks to Rock Toronto As Jimi Hendrix – Speakeasy – WSJ". July 23, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  22. ^ Williams, Ben (February 18, 2008). "Spring Fashion 2008 – André Benjamin Launches New Clothing Line, Benjamin Bixby – New York Magazine". Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  23. ^ "Andre 3000 Says He's Bringing Back Benjamin Bixby". Complex. February 26, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  24. ^ "Outkast's Andre 3000 Arrested For Driving 109 MPH". MTV. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  25. ^ Polly Vernon, "'I'm addicted to creating'", The Guardian, September 18, 2005.
  26. ^ "'André 3000: What I've Learned'", Esquire, August 27, 2014.
  27. ^ [6]


Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
1999 "Rosa Parks" Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group Nominated
2002 "Ms. Jackson" Record of the Year Nominated
Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group Won
Best Short-Form Music Video Nominated
Stankonia Album of the Year Nominated
Best Rap Album Won
2003 "The Whole World" Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group Won
2004 "Hey Ya!" Record of the Year Nominated
Best Urban/Alternative Performance Won
Best Short-Form Music Video Nominated
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Album of the Year Won
Best Rap Album Won
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Nominated
2007 "Mighty 'O'" Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group Nominated
"Idlewild Blue (Don't Chu Worry 'Bout Me)" Best Urban/Alternative Performance Nominated
2008 "Int'l Player's Anthem (I Choose You)" (with UGK) Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group Nominated
2009 "Royal Flush" (with Big Boi & Raekwon) Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group Nominated
"Green Light" (with John Legend) Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominated
2012 "Party" (with Beyoncé) Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominated
2013 "I Do" (with Young Jeezy, Drake & Jay-Z) Best Rap Performance Nominated
Channel Orange (featured artist) Album of the Year Nominated
Grammy Awards

Awards and nominations

Benjamin provided his voice for the 2005 video game L.A. Rush, as well as beta testing the game.

Video games
Year Show Role Notes
2004; 2008 The Shield Comic Book Store Owner then later politician, Robert Huggins two episodes, including series finale episode
2006–2008 Class of 3000 Sunny Bridges Twenty Six episodes
2008 About a Girl Security guard Single episode
Year Film Role Notes
2003 Hollywood Homicide Silk Brown
2005 Be Cool Dabu
Four Brothers Jeremiah Mercer
Volcano High Kim Yung Soo Voice only
Revolver Avi
2006 OutKast: Idlewild Percival
Charlotte's Web Elwyn the Crow Voice only
Scary Movie 4 Jack Uncredited
2007 Fracture George
Battle in Seattle Django
2008 Semi-Pro Clarence Withers/Coffee Black/Downtown "Funky Stuff" Malone/Sugar Dunkerton/"Jumping" Johnny Johnson
2010 The After Party: The Last Party 3 Himself
2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side Jimi Hendrix



Benjamin posed for a print advertising campaign by Declare Yourself, a campaign encouraging voter registration among youth for the 2008 United States presidential election. In the ads by photographer David LaChapelle, he has his mouth gagged by a bow-tie in a symbolic function.[27]

"I was a hardcore vegan for fifteen years. I've even done raw. But socially it became horrible. I was kind of just sitting at home eating a salad. You become mean. That's not good for you."[26]

Benjamin was a vegan[25] for fifteen years. Recently he gave it up stating:

[24] On July 10, 2012,

Benjamin was featured alongside Jay-Z on Young Jeezy's track "I Do", released on January 10, 2012. It later appeared on Young Jeezy's fourth studio album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition. Benjamin's verse, which was initially recorded as a song for his debut solo album, was leaked onto the Internet in 2010. The following month, it was announced that Benjamin would be featured on a song with LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and the alternative rock virtual band Gorillaz titled "DoYaThing", to promote the Gorillaz Converse collection. It was released on February 23, 2012 in two different versions – one approximately 4-and-a-half-minute radio edit and the explicit 13-minute version. The song was written and recorded over three days, with the 13-minute version being recorded on the last one.

On June 24, 2011, Beyoncé's fourth studio album entitled 4 was released. Benjamin featured on the track "Party", his first collaboration with the singer. The song was later nominated for the Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the Grammy Awards held in 2012. Benjamin continued his string of guest appearances throughout the year – featuring on Lloyd's song "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)", Lil Wayne's "Interlude" and Drake's "The Real Her". He also featured on the track "Play the Guitar" by B.o.B.

On January 18, 2011, Kesha released the "The Sleazy Remix", which featured Benjamin. The remix was later re-released on December 13, 2011, also featuring verses by rappers Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and T.I.[13] On June 7, Big Boi leaked a collaboration with Benjamin and Sleepy Brown entitled "Lookin' 4 Ya" – which was originally intended for Big Boi's debut solo album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, however it was blocked by Jive Records from being on the album.[14]

Benjamin returned to rapping in 2007, after a hiatus from the genre, appearing on various remixes, including: "Walk It Out", "Throw Some D's", "You" and Jay-Z's "30 Something." His contributions to original songs included UGK's "International Players Anthem", Devin the Dude's "What a Job", Fonzworth Bentley's "Everybody", and with Big Boi and Raekwon on "Royal Flush". Benjamin worked with Q-Tip (musician) in the song "BE BRAVE" that was supposed to be released on Q-Tip (musician)'s album The Renaissance.[10] He also appeared on John Legend's album Evolver, on the track "Green Light", which was released on October 28, 2008. Prior to the release, Benjamin commented: "It's going to be a surprise for a lot of John Legend fans, because it is a lot more upbeat than John is—than people think John is. I was actually happy to hear it. This is a cool John Legend song." Benjamin has stated that he plans on recording a solo rap album and that the response to his remixes is part of the motivation for it.[11] In 2010, he was featured on Ciara's remix for her single "Ride", from the album Basic Instinct [12] and on the remix to Chris Brown's "Deuces".

Solo work: 2007–present

In January 2014, it was announced that Outkast would be reuniting to celebrate their 20th anniversary by performing at more than 40 festivals worldwide during the spring/summer of 2014, beginning with a headline spot at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California in April.

In 2003, Outkast released Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, a double album which highlighted the differences in the musical styles of the group's two members. Benjamin's half of the album, The Love Below, garnered the most attention from mainstream audiences, with the popular singles "Hey Ya!" and "Roses". The album's fourth single and video (Benjamin's third), "Prototype", was released shortly after. Big Boi's Speakerboxxx spawned the top ten hit "The Way You Move" and the relatively successful "Ghetto Musick". The Love Below was, unlike Speakerboxxx, an exercise in funk, jazz, and alternative music, featuring sung vocals from Benjamin (instead of rapped). Rolling Stone compared Benjamin to an indie-rock Little Richard" on Outkast's 2003 Number 1 international hit 'Hey Ya!" and later declared the hit one of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,[9] In 2006, Outkast released their sixth album as a group, Idlewild. The album served as a soundtrack to the group's musical film Idlewild. The film centered on life in a 1930s setting and the album took influences from music of that era, particularly blues. Benjamin had a few rapped verses on the album, including on the first single "Mighty O", but mostly stuck with singing as he had on The Love Below.

In high school, Benjamin (who was then performing as "Andre") met Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. Benjamin and Patton teamed up to form Outkast. Shortly after graduating from high school, the duo was signed to the Atlanta-based LaFace label and released their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, in 1994. Buoyed by the success of the single "Player's Ball", the album went platinum by the end of the year and Outkast was named Best New Rap Group of the Year at the 1995 Source Awards. On their next two albums, ATLiens and Aquemini, Outkast experimented with their sound by adding elements of trip hop, soul, and jungle. The albums were also influenced by a return to traditional black music genres, funk being the prime example. With Outkast's portrayal of themselves as out-of-place extra terrestrials in ATLiens, "the funkadelic, futuristic, and seemingly unfamiliar, weird, or eccentric persona projected by André 3000 creates the chance to transcend the more pronounced characterizations of gangstas and pimps so regularly assumed by black men rap artists."[8] Outkast's distinctive southern "player" style is combined with these Afrofuturistic elements to create a new, unique space for their brand of rap within popular culture. Benjamin's lyrics in particular took on a more surreal, space-age tinge. Within the time of his second and third albums, Benjamin took up the guitar, painting, and a new relationship with singer Erykah Badu. Outkast's fourth album, Stankonia, introduced Benjamin's new alias André 3000 (largely to distinguish himself from Dr. Dre and his new persona after the end of his relationship) and increased the group's crossover appeal with the single "Ms. Jackson", which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written in the aftermath of Benjamin's breakup with Badu and was a fictionalized account of the disintegration of their relationship. In 2002, Outkast released a greatest hits album, Big Boi and Dre Present... OutKast, which contained three new tracks. One track, "The Whole World", won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Later that year, Benjamin participated in the Dungeon Family group album, which saw a number of prominent Atlanta-based hip-hop groups combine into a supergroup. In 2002, André 3000 was referenced on the song "Till I Collapse" by Eminem, who considered him one of the best rappers ever.

Outkast: 1992–2006; 2014

Music career


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