Andre 3000 will star in the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side which is directed by Oscar-winner John Ridley and hits theaters September 26.
While talking to NY Times about the movie role and why he decided to take the project, The Outkast rapper also discussed touring with his partner Big Boi and his interest in releasing new solo music.
The singer/rapper also admits that he felt “foreign” during his first stop of the reunion tour at Coachella and that his “head wasn’t there” but reveals that encouragement from Prince later on made him feel better.
What’s your creative life been like since that era? It’s mostly been out of view.
I write ideas, I write thoughts. Melodies come more for me than raps. I sit in my house and just play. I’ve been drawing and painting a lot more. I’ve always drawn costumes, things I was going to wear onstage.
Seven and I hate folding clothes, so we’d always take all of our clean clothes and just put ’em on the table. One day, I was like, “Man, we living like college students.” I got so fed up with [the mess]. I drew it. [He pulls out iPhone and flips through some sketches.] I see me moving into a visual space.
So no plans to put out an album, but we might get a gallery show?
No, I’d love to put out an album.
Sung or rapped?
It’s hard to say. [Laughs.] I’m just going to call it honest. I know this may sound morbid, but I was like, if I were to die today, I have all these half-songs on my hard drive, and I don’t want that.
But you don’t have a time window.
When you feel it, it’s right. If you don’t feel it, then why? Honestly, think about it. Why do it? Why?