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André 3000 credits Frank Ocean with introducing him to a new generation of fans

André 3000, Frank Ocean.
André 3000, Frank Ocean. (Shutterstock/Kathy Hutchins/Featureflash Photo Agency)

André 3000 has thanked Frank Ocean for helping introduce him to a new generation of fans.


The Outkast star and Ocean first collaborated on Frank's 2012 song "Pink Matter" from his album "Channel Orange."


They then linked up again in 2016 on the Blonde opener “Solo (Reprise).”


Speaking with Questlove on the most recent episode his "Questlove Supreme" podcast, André described working with Ocean as a "blessing."


"That introduced me to a whole other generation," he said.


André also spoke of his gratitude of being asked to feature on DJ Unk's "Walk It Out (Remix)” in 2007.


"We just came off 'Spearboxxx/The Love Below' and 'Idlewild' which was a musical more focused melodic kind of thing so I didn’t rap a lot in those offerings," André told Questlove, referring to Outkast's last two studio albums, adding: "It gave me an opportunity to do what I enjoy doing.”


"The beat was so jammin’ that you just wanted to get on it so I say the blessing because any rapper just wanna be on a good beat and in the city," he said.



In November, André surprised the world by releasing an experimental jazz-flute album.


"New Blue Sun," his debut solo album and first since the 2006 Outkast album "Idlewild," is 87-minutes long and contains no lyrics.


Despite being critically acclaimed, many fans – and even some of André's peers – expressed their disappointment that the album was not a rap project.


Speaking with CBS Mornings earlier this month, André expressed his displeasure that some people didn't like the project.


“Even on the artwork it says, ‘No bars,’ so if you’re disappointed, man, I don’t know what else I could do," he said. "I don’t like that people are upset a little bit about it."

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