Andre 3000 is “hard at work” for his next album — at least according to Chris Rock.
In an Instagram post, the veteran comedian shared a photo of himself, Dave Chappelle, D-Nice, Jack White, Jarobi White and Andre, with the caption that they were all “hard at work on the new Andre 3000 album.”
It’s been thirteen years since OutKast dropped the Grammy Award-winning double album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which featured Andre’s musically-eclectic individual songs on The Love Below. Fans have been itching for a solo album from the rapper, but 3000 has been notorious for working on music without putting it out. There’s a good chance that Three Stacks got the rap bug after dropping a well-received verse on Erykah Badu’s “Hello,” late last year. Afterwards, he also followed up on Kanye West’s “30 Hours.”
Back in February, he said that he’d “like to put out some kind of music project,” in an interview with Billboard, but then he followed up with “we’ll see.” Stop playing with our emotions, Andre. Please? His counterpart, Big Boi has already hinted that he’s in the midst of working on a new album with his original producers, Organized Noize.
Of course, Rock is a comedian–so this could’ve been a tongue-in-cheek jab at the notoriously reclusive rapper.
Whether Rock is trolling or not, fans are definitely ready to hear some more music from the OutKast member. “If this andre 3000 album is actually happening i know i can die happy,” read one hopeful fan. But of course, a few are still skeptical. “Does anyone really think 3000 is releasing a new album been hearing he’s ‘working on new music’ for the past decade,” read another tweet. True, true.
Check out Rock’s post below and let us know, are you ready for a solo album from Andre 3000? Also, peep the dope photos with hip-hop’s finest below.
I swear I have the best brothers in the world. Now the healing begins. To be able to get a chance to do what I do. With protection from my guys with all of this life mastery… How can I not be happy?! @Regrann from @djdnice – Jarobi did cooking last night at QTip's house. #DNicePhotography #ATribeCalledQuest @jarobiwhite #Regrann
Andre 3000's album gonna be and I'm here for this!
— Lucky Luciano (@Flyer_thanu2) April 8, 2016
Andre 3000 literally makes every song he features in that much doper lmao
— dest gee. (@DestinyyDavila) April 8, 2016
if this andre 3000 album is actually happening i know i can die happy
— fka megs (@GucciMaulucci) April 8, 2016
you don't understand how happy it made me seeing that Andre 3000 was working on a album lol
— berihune (@_Berihune_adam) April 8, 2016
@chrisrock If this is a joke this is the worst joke of all time and I wanna fight you
— Bri (@brichikos) April 8, 2016
@chrisrock lol does anyone really think 3000 is releasing a new album been hearing he's "working on new music" for the past decade
— Chewy (@Chewy9991) April 8, 2016