If you let Cee Lo Green tell it, he and Andre 3000 are like twin brothers, except Cee Lo may be just a little more “cuddly.” So when it comes to Dre’s much-anticipated return to music, the Goodie Mob MC understands his trepidation.
“He just said he had a severe case of stage fright and just kind of been away from the game and didn’t know if he could truly live up — ah, I just feel like I’m talking to much personal stuff. I hope he don’t mind,” Cee Lo said of 3 Stacks when he and the rest of the Goodie Mob appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday (August 7).
On Saturday, BET executive Stephen Hill tweeted out that Andre 3000 was going to return to music with a new solo album at the top of 2014, after he says he and the OutKast rapper shared a conversation. On Sunday, a rep for Andre wouldn’t give an official confirmation when asked by Billboard.com. Goodie Mob member Big Gipp believes that Dre is just looking to keep an element of surprise. “I know he doin’ somethin’, that’s ol’ possum right there,” Gipp joked.
Cee Lo and Andre are childhood buddies, and the two grew to be stars in the Atlanta-based hip-hop collective, the Dungeon Family. Their birthdays are just days apart and the recent death of Dre’s mother and Cee Lo’s grandmother brought the longtime friends even closer. “I’ve known Dre since the third grade and it was just on my spirit really heavy to just reach out to him and speak to him,” Cee Lo shared.
While the two surely talked about life, the topic of Dre’s return to music — and possibly OutKast’s return — was unavoidable. “He just said he was bothered by this bar that had been set and maybe he wants to do something different, and he’ll always be his worse competition, his worse critic and maybe he don’t want to live up to what people think he should do,” he explained. “He’s always been exceptional and ahead of his time anyway, so anything he decides to do, next year or the year after that, we’ll still be catching with what’s on his mind.”