André 3000 has been silent on the music front for some time, focusing his creative energies on other endeavors but first and foremost, he is a still a musician at heart. The Outkast rapper unleashed two surprise tracks for Mother’s Day with the songs taking aim at sounds that venture away from Three Stacks’ Hip-Hop roots.
The first of the tracks, “Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)” is a piano-driven track with André 3000 leading into a reflective retelling of times spent with his parents. As written by Questlove via Twitter, both of 3000’s parents passed within a year of each other thus explaining the title track.
“Me and my mother drivin’ to the grocery store/Me ridin’ shotgun with my window rolled down/She smokes cigarettes and gets what she gets by/Hustlin’ harder rollers and a nightgown,” 3000 sings over the sparse production before turning the focus of the lyrics onto his father.
The second track, “Look Ma No Hands” is a 17-minute jazz-influenced instrumental with assistance on the piano from James Blake. Both songs feature Stacks on bass clarinet, which he shows off his skills with the instrument in grand fashion over the somber keys from Blake.
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