André 3000 didn’t just make a surprise appearance on Frank Ocean’s new album, Blond. He also had some things to say about his fellow rapper Drake.
Frank Ocean dropped his surprise new album, Blond, shortly after he released his visual album, Endless, just a few days ago. Fans have been buzzing about the R&B singer’s album, including André 3000’s verse on the track “Solo (Reprise).” During his short verse, André took some time to shade Drake, according to a report via Uproxx.
“After 20 years in, I’m so naïve I was under the impression that everyone wrote their own verses,” André is heard rapping on the song. “It’s comin’ back different and yea that s*** hurts me. I’m hummin’ and whistlin’ to those not deserving. I’ve stumbled and lift every word, and I was working just way too hard?”
Check out André 3000’s verse in Frank Ocean’s new track in the tweet below.
— Veteran Freshman (@yusufyuie) August 21, 2016
Since the album dropped, fans have been buzzing over the verse. It’s the reason why “Solo” was trending in the U.S. on Twitter on Saturday night, Aug. 20. Most assumed that André 3000 was throwing shade at Drake, who has been accused of using ghostwriters on his songs. Check out some of the reactions in the tweets below.
“I’m so naive
I was under the impression that everyone wrote they own verses” – Andre 3000 pic.twitter.com/nRVX8VqxgG
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) August 21, 2016
Andre 3000 just dissed Drake now he going to disappear another 3 years this man has the nerve..
— Fresh Prince (@DonxFigueroa_) August 21, 2016
If Andre 3000 say Drake trash, Drake trash.
Dem da rulez
— ⭐️Daq Bandicoot⭐️ (@DJKayyOhh) August 21, 2016
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Drake has been accused of using ghostwriters. The rumors swirled for years, but Meek Mill added to the speculation when he said that Drizzy doesn’t write his own lyrics. According to MTV, he released a reference track for Drake’s “10 Bands.”
“I got this from someone in Drake’s camp,” Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex said. “They reached out. They saw me on that Gram keeping it 100.”
According to Flex, the track was made by Quentin Miller, the same MC mentioned in one of Meek Mill’s tweets. Flex went on to claim that Miller received writing credits on Drake’s songs and makes $5,000 per month.
According to another MTV report, the Atlanta-based writer took to his Tumblr blog to address the allegations in a now-deleted post published on Friday, July 24, 2015.
“I am not and never will be a ‘ghostwriter’ for Drake. I’m proud to say that we’ve collaborated but I could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together.”
He went on to claim that Drake often “freestyles” his raps in the recording studio and he’s admired the Toronto-based rapper for a long time.
Now that André 3000 made his reemergence with a simple verse, does that mean he will come out with his own surprise album soon? Since Frank Ocean has released not one but two new LPs along with his publication, Boys Don’t Cry, here’s hoping other MIA hip-hop artists will come out with their own efforts. It would be great if André 3000 came out with his own solo effort if he’s not willing to collaborate with Big Boi for a possible OutKast reunion, like they did at Coachella back in 2014.
Instead, André 3000 made an appearance on the new Adult Swim show, Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio, in which he narrated a history of the world sketch, according to a recent report via Pitchfork. He’s also starred in the second season of the ABC drama, American Crime, which aired last spring, according to a report via Billboard.
During his interview with the news outlet, he was asked if he has any other projects coming up.
“Nothing right now. I’m just reading [scripts] and trying to create my own material at some point,” he simply stated.
When it comes to music, André says never say never. He said that shooting TV and film projects gives him plenty of time to record and think about what kind of music projects he wants to work on. Here’s hoping that André will come out with his own album.
What are your thoughts on André 3000’s verse on Frank Ocean’s new album? Do you think he was throwing shade at Drake? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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