Andre 3000 has hinted he wants to quit the music industry.
Andre 3000 has hinted he wants to quit the music industry.
The 'Hey Ya!' hitmaker - whose full name is André Lauren Benjamin - has admitted he never thought he would still be in the entertainment business when he was 25 years old, but not the 42-year-old singer is questioning whether he still wants to be making music for the next eight years.
Speaking to Complex about his career, the Outkast band member said: ''When I was 25, I said I don't want to be a 30-year-old rapper. I'm 42 now, and I feel more and more that way. Do I really want to be 50 years old up there doing that?''
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John Ridley, Andre Benjamin and Andre 3000 - 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals at Tent on the beach, Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Saturday 21st February 2015
The 39-year-old recording artist revealed he "felt like a sellout" during the hip-hop duo's reunion summer festival tour.
Andre 3000, real name Andre Benjamin, and his hip-hop partner, Big Boi, celebrated the 20th anniversary of their successful hip-hop duo Outkast last summer by playing a string of summer music festivals across the U.S., but their reformation wasn't much of a celebration.
Andre 3000 performing on Outkast's reunion tour
While performing on the tour Andre wore a total of 47 custom jumpsuits featuring slogans like "I don't know what else to say" and "Art or fart", which are currently being shown in an exhibit at Art Basel in Miami, as a way to express his displeasure of the reunion.
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Outkast wants Leonardo DiCaprio to play him in a film, and Kevin James to play Big Boi.
Andre 3000 may have just played Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side, but the Outkast man has some ambitious plans for a biopic of himself. Speaking at a screening of the movie at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, the rapper admitted he had some unconventional casting choices in mind.
Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in 'All Is By My Side'
"Instead of really serious, make it a full comedy - like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi," he told Rolling Stone. For himself, Andre said, "We should cast somebody stupid - like Leonardo [DiCaprio]."
Andre 3000 has some unusual casting ideas for who might play him and Big Boi in a film about their band Outkast.
Who would you pick to play Andre 3000?
The musician-turned-actor, who is appearing as Jimi Hendrix in the biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, shared his ideas about who he thought should play himself and Big Boi in a film version of their story at a press conference, as reported by MTV.
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Which singers have tried their hand at acting recently?
It seems if you can sing, you should be able to act with a whole host of super singers putting down their microphones and picking up a script instead. Justin Timberlake has made one of the most impressive transferences from stage to screen with exciting supporting roles in hits including The Social Network and the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis and taking the lead role opposite Mila Kunis in Friends With Benefits.
Beyoncé successfully combined both singing and acting in the musical drama, Dreamgirls, and also tried her hand at pure acting in everyone's favourite detective film, The Pink Panther and in American thriller, Obsessed.
Of course, there are some popstars that are unlikely to ever find themselves in Oscar contention, such as Justin Bieber following his role in two episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation back in 2010, and Joss Stone's slightly more substantial TV role as Anne of Cleves in The Tudors. But which serious fan of The Spice Girls didn't love their whirlwind musical comedy Spice World? And who didn't enjoy Britney Spears' turn in the girls on tour comedy Crossroads?
Andre 3000 stars in 'All Is By My Side', the soon-to-be-released biopic of Jimi Hendrix. The trailer has been released today ahead of the film's release in the UK in August.
Jimi Hendrix photographed in 1967.
Hendrix became a rock icon in the 1970s but his life was tragically cut sort in 1970 when he died at the age of 27. The cause of death cited as a lethal concoction of prescription medication which led to asphyxia, causing Hendrix to choke on his own vomit. The film has been long anticipated as Hendrix's story truly epitomises the astronomic rise and tragic demise of a hugely popular and influential figure.
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With one half of Outkast now out to make records on his own, will the newly-reunited group suffer?
Big Boi has landed his very own record deal with Epic Records, where he'll have the chance to work with his mentor L.A. Reid once again. The rapper, better known as one half of the hip hop duo Outkast, was previously signed to Def Jam and, under Reid's guidance, he released Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.
Big Boi Has Announced That He Has Signed To Epic Records.
The 39 year-old confirmed the news to Huffington Post, revealing "I'm back with [Antonio] L.A Reid and Sylvia Rhone," and adding "Got a brand new situation."
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The film took seven years to make, but it sounds like a must watch for Hendrix fans.
Outkast’s Andre 3000 got the chance of a lifetime – to play one of his idols, Jimi Hendrix, in an upcoming biopic. The first promotional images for All By My Side have been released, and the film is about to have its US premiere at South by Southwest next week.
Benjamin in character on the set of the film.
In it, Andre 3000 (real name Andre Benjamin) portrays one crucial story from Hendrix’ life – his friendship with one Linda Keith, an ex-girlfriend of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who inspired a lot of Hendrix’s original work. The film itself originated from an instrumental by Hendrix, called Sending My Love to Linda. When screenwriter/director John Ridley (who just won Best Adapted Screenplay at Sunday night’s Oscars) stumbled upon the song, he got the idea to work the story into a full screenplay. From then on, the journey from page to screen took roughly seven years.
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Check out first footage from the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic, 'All Is By My Side.'
The first clip has been released from the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side, in which Outkast's Andre 3000 plays the legendary guitarist. Having premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and now gearing up to screen at the nearing South By Southwest, the film is making fans wait until August for a general release.
Andre 3000 & Hayley Atwell As Hendrix & Kathy Etchingham.
Andre 3000, AKA Andre Benjamin, will play the guitarist before he became super famous in the year leading up to his landmark performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. The film follows Hendrix on his journey from working as a backing musician in New York City to relocating to London. Whilst there he meets model/muse Linda Keith (played by Imogen Poots) who fiercely encourages him to start playing original material.
Finally, the Outkast guys are back
It doesn’t seem right to be talking about the international headliners set to grace sun-drenched climes of Coachella 2014, not when January still plagues us so. But with Andre 3000 and Big Boi set to make a return as Outkast, there isn’t a lot else to talk about.
Andre 3000 and Big Boi are working together again
It’s confirmed: Outkast will be headlining the festival alongside Muse and Arcade fire in a line-up stellar enough to rival the world famous Glastonbury, which is also set to be headlined by the recently returned Reflektors.
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Date of birth
27th May, 1975