Classic Non-Album Cuts: André 3000

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Some have proclaimed André 3000 to be one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, an especially impressive honor considering he’s never officially released a solo album (The Love Below was basically a lone LP but it was still packaged, marketed, and sold as an Outkast project).

His features have become the stuff of legend and getting on a track with 3 Stacks usually means that he’ll kill you on your own song. Tread carefully.

The interesting thing about André 3000 is that aside from his work under the Outkast umbrella (Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and Idlewild), I can’t recall a single solo song that he’s released over the course of a twenty year career. And yet he’s still considered great.

Here now are some of Dré’s best non-album cuts. Enjoy.

Soundtracks

“Funkanella” (Outkast featuring Killer Mike & Slimm Calhoun) off DJ Clue’s Backstage: A Hard Knock Life (2000)

“Back to Black” (featuring Beyoncé) off The Great Gatsby soundtrack (2013)

Compilations

“The Art of Storytellin’ Part 4” (Outkast featuring Marsha Ambrosius) off DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz: The Album (2007)

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As Featured Artist

“Thought Process” off Goodie Mob’s Soul Food (1995)

“Sumthin’ Wicked This Way Comes” off TLC’s CrazySexyCool (1995)

“Watch for the Hook” off Cool Breeze’s East Point’s Greatest Hits (1999)

“Millionaire” off Kelis’s Tasty (2004)

“Int’l Players Anthem [I Choose You]” off UGK’s Underground Kingz (2007)

“Walk It Out [Remix]” off Unk’s Beat’n Down Yo Block! (2007)

“Throw Some D’s [Remix]” off Rich Boy’s Rich Boy (2007)

“What a Job” off Devin the Dude’s Waitin’ to Inhale (2007)

“Deuces [Remix]” off Chris Brown’s “Deuces” 12-inch single (2010)

“I Do” off Jeezy’s TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition (2011)

“Interlude” off Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (2011)

“The Real Her” off Drake’s Take Care (2011)

“Sorry” off T.I.’s Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head (2012)

“Sixteen” off Rick Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t (2012)

Randoms and Unreleased

“That’s Sexy” (with Q-Tip) (2004)

“Royal Flush” (with Big Boi & Raekwon) (2008)

“Lookin’ for Ya” (with Big Boi & Sleepy Brown) (2010)

“Get Sleazier [Sleazy Remix 2.0]” (with Ke$ha, Lil’ Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & T.I.) (2011)

All entries in the Classic Non-Album Cuts series:

The LOX | Wu-Tang Clan | Eminem | The Notorious B.I.G. | Ice Cube | André 3000 | 2Pac | Dr. Dre | Nas | Jay-Z | Kendrick Lamar | Tha Dogg Pound | Scarface | Canibus


Christopher Pierznik’s eight books are available in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Medium, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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