Andre 3000 Reveals Why He Didn't Participate In Any Hip Hop 50 Events

His short explanation didn't really reveal much.

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Andre 3000 is no doubt one of the most definitive voices in rap. His influence on the genre as a whole and particularly on southern rap can't be overstated. Earlier this year in a list counting down the best rap groups of all time, Billboard declared Andre and Big Boi's Outkast as the very best of the best. But despite his obvious impact on the genre and how many fans, publications and active artists still show love to him, he declined to participate in any celebrations of rap music's 50th anniversary this year.

Now in a newly released interview with CBS Mornings, he explained his decision. He explained that he received plenty of offers to participate in various events, but turned them all down.  “I wouldn’t want to be — I’m doing it just because I’m trying to meet an expectation. I didn’t get into OutKast for that, you know,” the rapper explained. The lack of participation may be more apparent now that Andre 3000 has released his long-awaited debut solo album. The project also avoids hip-hop entirely even though he's repeatedly stated that it wasn't his specific intention to. Check out the full CBS interview below.

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Andre 3000 Explains Hip Hop 50 Absence

Last month, Andre 3000 dropped his new album New Blue Sun. Despite fans expecting a hip-hop-oriented project from him, he assured them in his announcement that there were actually "no bars" on the album. He delivered on the promise dropping an ambient jazz album full of long instrumental compositions prominently featuring his flute playing.

Reactions to the album from fans and critics were mostly mixed. Some appreciated the bold genre shift he made stepping so far out of his typical comfort zone. But others resented the fact that the album they had been waiting for for so long didn't have any rapping on it. What do you think of Andre 3000's brief explanation of why he skipped out on various Hip Hop 50 events? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.