André 3000 opened up in a new interview with GQ for their holiday issue, in which he spoke about staying grounded and which member of OutKast was the better rapper.
“Big Boi is smart as f**k,” he admitted in the interview. “We went to the same high school. I dropped out in 11th grade. Big Boi graduated with honors. When you watch early OutKast videos, Big Boi’s the leader. He always had the confidence, where I was kind of like the shy one. Big Boi can rap better than me — I always said that. If somebody said, ‘Pick who you want from OutKast to go to battle with you,’ it wouldn’t be me. ’Cause like, what I’ma do? Say some mind sh**? You can’t have thoughts in a battle — nobody gives a sh** about that.”
But that’s not the reason he hasn’t gotten into the solo game. André explained that he was focusing on producing and that he felt he wasn’t on the pulse of the newest wave of artists.
“I don’t have the pulse anymore. Rhythms change every generation. The intensity and the drums change. And I’m not on the pulse. I can’t pretend. It’s kinda like watching your uncle dance,” he explained.
In the same interview, André praised his stepfather for keeping him grounded when he hasn’t had to write a check since he was 17 years old.
“When I was 17, they still had checkbooks,” he recalled. “My mom taught me how to write a check and do my balance. So I had one check on my balance, and then OutKast took off. I have not paid a bill since.”
“The problem with being successful is you can do whatever you do times ten. And no one to stop you. You can easily go down the wrong path and you get into that place. And the thing that brings you out is other people,” he added, pointing to his stepfather as his “anchor.”