April 6, 2011
Anyone who has listened to a hip-hop radio station in the past 3 years knows that Lil Wayne, without a shadow of a doubt, is the biggest thing in rap music. Considering his gift at creating outstanding metaphors and analogies along with his brilliance at playing on words (“Real g’s move in silence like lasagna”) I don’t disagree with Wayne being at the top of the food chain, however, I do wish that he had some competition. And I do believe that Andre 3000 is the only human being on the planet with the lyrical prowess to make hip-hop just a little less Wayne-centric. I figure diversity can only be a good thing.
With that being said I’m just wondering when Andre 3000 is going to come out with a solo album. I generally do not get too excited over rap albums these days but if Dre dropped an album I swear to god I would camp out over night in front of the record store like a Star Wars fan for that joint. A few days ago I was thinking about the Speaker Box/Love Below double album by Outkast that came out in 2003 and it dawned on me that to this day I have never listened to Speaker Box disc in its entirety. I mean who wants to listen to regular rap songs when you have Dre covering “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music and doing duets with Norah Jones. Not to mention dropping dope lines like; “15 – love/ fit like glove/ Description is like 15 doves/ In a Jacuzzi catching the holy ghost/ Making one woozy in the head and comatose, agreed?” What! I’m just saying, if Wayne proclaims himself to be a Martian then Andre 3000 is from a small planet on an undiscovered galaxy that has a name which no human being can pronounce.
The truth is that no one has pushed the boundaries of hip-hop further than Andre 3000 and as much as I appreciate the guest appearances ever so often, Andre has got to come out with a solo album.
So where are you Dre, the game needs you.