ALI SHAHEEDMUHAMMAD: Your cadence and flows — you move around, you go in between a rhythm, so that’s why I was curious about your approach in putting together songs. But, speaking of merging genres — cause that’s how I take it — how important is that as, you know, coming from representing Atlanta hip-hop, and putting a stamp on it but then moving beyond that label.
ANDRE 3000: I think — here’s my thing about representing a place: The best way to represent the places where you from is be yourself, completely. And just say, “I’m from this place.” It doesn’t mean I have to cater to that place, you know, cause my thing is taking the city on its back and going beyond. It’s not staying in — just in — the city sound. My thing is just pushing it as much as I can cause that’s how — that’s what gets me off. That’s what I do.
But when you listen to Atlanta music now, you listen to trap music — we didn’t necessarily come from that, but I love that kind of music. It’s funny people say outkast has this Atlanta, Southern sound. I honestly don’t think we ever had an Atlanta sound. I think our accents were from the South. People knew we were from the South. But I can’t say that we just had a Atlanta sound, you know what I mean? I think ours was just all over the place. It was kinda like a hodge-podge of whatever we were into.
It’s about us breaking up as a couple and also about changing weather. You know, it’s multiple levels of meaning — weather being a metaphor for my emotions. That’s kind of what all of my songs were about then and, arguably, they still are.
ALI SHAHEEDMUHAMMAD: I mean, you know you carry New York. I don’t know if you know it, but to me, you’re of that KRS ilk. And there’s not a lot of that. And where we are now, 2014 and moving forward — everything that you’ve done is great, but with where you are now, with the passion for the studio —
JOELL ORTIZ: I gotta — cause this is a moment. This feels crazy. I’d love to. I’d love to continue to make good music. I’d love to do 150 more Joell Ortiz albums. You can’t promise it.