André 3000 plans to release his first full-length album since OutKast’s “Idlewild” 17 years ago and his first solo album ever, dropping this Friday (November 17).
The Atlanta rapper plans to make a triumphant return with his album, “New Blue Sun.” An entirely instrumental album, the 87-minute collection is void of lyrics and instead spotlights André’s woodwind work; described as “a celebratory piece of work in the form of a living, breathing, aural organism,” the ethereal flute-heavy offering is evocative of the OutKast musician’s new era.
“I’ve been interested in winds for a long time, so it was just a natural progression for me to go into flutes,” André explained in a statement. “I just like messing with instruments and I gravitated mostly toward wind.”
In a statement about the album, André assured frustrated fans wishing to hear his one-of-a-kind vocals that, sorry, there is no Prince-like vault of unheard music waiting to be released.
“There’s this misconception that I just won’t do it,” André said of releasing a Rap record. “I think people feel like I’m sitting around on Rap albums, or sitting around and I’m just not putting them out in that way. And no it’s not like that… In my mind, I really would like to make a rap album. So maybe that happens one day, but I got to find a way to say what I want to say in an interesting way that’s appealing to me at this age.”
The album, coming on Sony Music’s Epic Records, is co-produced by Andre 3000 and multi-instrumentalist Carlos Niño, and featuring the playing of Nate Mercereau, Surya Botofasina, Deantoni Parks, Diego Gaeta, Matthewdavid, V.C.R, Diego Gaeta, Jesse Peterson, and Mia Doi Todd