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André 3000 responds to fans disappointed with his flute album: "I don’t like that people are upset"

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André 3000. (Shutterstock/Jamie Lamor Thompson)

André 3000 has said that he doesn't like that some people were disappointed with his debut solo album, "New Blue Sun."

The Outkast rapper surprised the world in November by releasing an experimental jazz-flute album.

The album, his 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.

In an interview with CBS Mornings on Wednesday, André responded to the critics.

“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."

André added, however, that he does understand why some people were dissatisfied with the album.

“If I were waiting for a thing for 17 years, a certain thing that I’m looking for and, something else shows up, I’d probably be upset too," he said.

In an interview with GQ published shortly after the release of "New Blue Sun," André explained why he chose to make a jazz album instead of a rap album.

"Sometimes it feels inauthentic for me to rap because I don’t have anything to talk about in that way," he said. "I’m 48 years old."

"Not to say that age is a thing that dictates what you rap about, but in a way it does," he added. "And things that happen in my life, like, what are you talking about? ‘I got to go get a colonoscopy.’ What are you rapping about? ‘My eyesight is going bad.'"


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