OUTKAST singer ANDRE 3000 decided to quit smoking marijuana because it was having a negative impact on his mind and physical appearance.

The flamboyant HEY YA! star made a promise to ease up on his hard-partying lifestyle when he realised his love of weed was starting to control his life.

He explains, "I always kept weed, I always kept an ounce.

"I was kind of abusing it, I wasn't looking my best, I had a platinum album out and I would do stuff like go to projects to buy weed.

"I knew it wasn't too clever, I was putting myself in danger."

07/04/2004 21:03