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  • Writer's pictureJamal Saafir

Billboard Record Broken By Andre 3000 With Much Debated Flute Song

According to a report from CNN , Andre 3000 a.k.a. “3 Stacks”, who has been hailed as a prolific solo artist and group member of the legendary Hip-Hop duo Outkast, has broken a Billboard record for the longest song to ever reach the Billboard Hot 100.

Appropriately named in reflection of the song’s length, Andre’s flute song also carries a lengthy title: “I Swear, I Really Wanted to Make a ‘Rap’ Album But This Is Literally the Way the Wind Blew Me This Time.”

With a run time of 12 minutes and 20 seconds, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 90 and “becomes the longest-running song ever to have hit the chart, surpassing Tool’s ‘Fear Inoculum,’ at 10:21 in length,” according to Billboard.

In the welcoming of his newly shared passion for wind instruments, Andre has suggested that he may have outgrown his position in Hip-Hop. In an interview with GQ, Andre shared some perspective on his outgrowing of Hip-Hop stating that it “sometimes feels inauthentic for me to rap because I don’t have anything to talk

about in that way.”

“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 told GQ. “What do you talk about — I gotta go get a colonoscopy? What do you rap about — my eyesight is going bad?”

In the same interview Andre also stated, "In my mind, I would love to make a rap album. Like…I would love to make a rap album, but this is what came at this time. It felt authentic.”

Much of his fan base still desires more music from him in the way of Hip-Hop, but many fans have chosen to welcome his new musical journey.

His all-instrumental “New Blue Sun,” has hit No. 1 on the New Age Albums chart.

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