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André 3000 to release flute album, New Blue Sun, Friday, November 17.

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

André 3000 announced a new album on Tuesday titled 'New Blue Sun.'

André 3000 has announced his debut solo album, New Blue Sun.

André 3000 announces Solo Album of Flute Instrumentals, out Friday.

The album, titled New Blue Sun, is described “no bars, no beats, no sub-bass.” Additionally, there is no singing from André 3000 on the project, with the Outkast co-founder instead focusing on his often-in-headlines prowess of the flute variety.

The album will feature six songs with interesting titles such as "I Swear, I Really Wanted to Make a 'Rap" Album But This Is Literally the Way the Wind Blew Me This Time" and "The Slang Word P(*)ssy Rolls Off the Tongue With Far Better Ease Than the Proper Word Vagina. Do You Agree?"

However, instead of featuring the lyrical spitter fans have been waiting for, the project will feature the rap legend playing the flute and will be an entirely instrumental album.


In an interview with Rodney Carmichael, 3 Stacks reflected on his process as a “slow writer,” even dating back to the Outkast chapter of his artistic journey. Pointing to how he knew what became New Blue Sun was something he wanted to share with the public, André recalled having “maybe four songs” that he initially wanted to share with “a younger audience,” which inspired him to reach out to Tyler, the Creator.

Once he was at Tyler’s house, André added, Frank Ocean showed up.

“So it's us three sitting there listening to these three songs and I just kind of wanted to get an opinion,” he said in the NPR interview. “And it was just good for me to hear with somebody else.”

According to André, Tyler ultimately credited the tracks in question with helping him figure out how best to “configure” a wall of Louis Vuitton suitcases at his house.

“[H]e was listening to one of the songs and he was like, ‘It sounds like you're chasing a butterfly through a garden and I figured it out. It helped me to figure out how to do this,’” André said. “And I think Frank pointed out one of his favorite tracks out of the three.”

Adding that he was “just happy to hear” these initial reactions, particularly because “I respect them as musicians,” he elaborated further: “Like new energy; they're going for it, man,” he said. “So I really respect their opinions.”

Read more here. New Blue Sun is out this Friday.


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