August 1, 2012


Listen: Andre 3000's Amazing Year in Guest Verses

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It's been nine years since we got a whole record worth of André 3000, with 2003's OutKast double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Three Stacks has intermittently interrupted his reclusiveness to hop onto other rappers' tracks since then, but never so much as in the last year. Beginning with Beyonce's 4 at the end of June 2011 and wrapping with this summer's releases from Frank Ocean and Rick Ross, André has accumulated a serious, wacky and jaw-dropping resumé of flows in the past year. Listen to our Spotify playlist while reading along with our rundown below.

"Party" on Beyonce's 4When: June 2011
Best Moment: "Kiddo say he looks up to me this just makes me feel old / Never thought that we could become someone else's hero / Man, we were just in the food court eating our gyros"

Bonus Features: Kanye produced the track, spits a hook, makes up the word "swagu"

"Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)" on Lloyd's King of Hearts
When: July 2011
Best Moment: André, though lamenting a lost relationship, takes a sec to debate the color fuchsia versus red
Bonus Features: Lil Wayne also appears

"Interlude" on Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV
When: August 2011
Best Moment: This rhyming sequence: borrow/pharaoh/Cairo/marbles/car doors/call those/carload/raw hoes. DAMN!
Bonus Features: Tech N9ne also appears, rapping at light speed

"The Real Her" on Drake's Take Care
When: November 2011
Best Moment: Adele shout-out!
Bonus Features: Lil Wayne also appears

"I Do" on Young Jeezy's Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition
When: December 2011
Best Moment: André singing the word "woo"
Bonus Features: Jay-Z also appears

"Sleazy Remix 2.0: Get Sleazier" by Ke$ha
When: December 2011
Best Moment: Three Stacks says Ke$ha can call him Andre 6000 and he'll call her Keyshia
Bonus Features: Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and T.I. also appear

"Play the Guitar" by B.o.B.
When: December 2011
Best Moment: Getting to know what dreams look like in the sleeping mind of André 3000—strange cigars, rappers standing atop Dunkin Donuts, intersecting streets called Give It To 'Em and They Don't Want It
Bonus Features: André addresses haters who don't like his guitar skills in a spoken outro

"Pink Matter" on Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE
When: July 2012
Best Moment: "What am I, Hemingway?"
Bonus Features: He adds some lead guitar to the track and sings out the finish

"Sixteen" on Rick Ross's God Forgives, I Don't
When: July 2012
Best Moment: Mr. Benjamin's contribution basically comprises an entire magnificent song. It's deep as hell and impossible to pick a single spot
Bonus Features: Another guitar solo—a particularly janky one—from André

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