As Outkast’s 20th anniversary tour winds down with three huge shows in Atlanta this weekend, cleverly dubbed #ATLast, André 3000 stopped by Ellen to discuss both the reunion and also his starring role in the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side.
The highlight of the interview comes when Ellen mentioned the slogan-emblazoned jumpsuits André has been wearing for most of the trek, which featured messages like “my dad had cool albums” and “big girls are beautiful to me.” Not one to be left behind, Ellen gave André a brand new suit for his next tour (which could be another ten years in the making for all we know) that reads, “Ellen loves this guy,” with an arrow poining up at his face. The subdued Atlien then said, “Yes!” and gave the host a big hug.
We’re going to pause here to pay respect to André’s outfit, which includes a Gizmo the Mogwai sweatshirt and the indoor pairing of sunglasses and a beanie, also known as the Bono-Edge Combo.
While discussing the Hendrix role, André said the toughest part was being able play guitar left-handed. “I had to make it look like I had been playing that way for years, which is hard,” he said, noting that he really admired Jimi’s confidence. “I’m not really confident in my talents in that way. The only thing I’m confident in is knowing that I’m excited about new things.”
Unless he and Big Boi have something extra special in store for the Atlanta shows, it seems like he’ll be fixated on the old stuff this weekend, when Outkast hits up Centennial Park for three sold-out nights. Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz, Solange, Kid Cudi, and Killer Mike are among the many special guests.