|André 3000 Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||May 27, 1975|
As a rapper, André 3000 is best known for his work with the hip hop duo, Outkast, which released a couple of platinum-certified studio albums. As an actor, he has worked in popular TV shows and films such as Families, The Shield, Semi-Pro, Revolver, and Four Brothers. He was also cast in the lead role of Jimi Hendrix in the biographical movie, All Is by My Side. He has also done extensive work as an animal rights activist.
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
André 3000 went to the Sarah Smith Elementary School. Later, he studied at the Sutton Middle School.
For his high school education, he got enrolled at the Northside High School and Tri-Cities High School.
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer, Actor
- Father – Lawrence Harvey Walker (Collections Agent)
- Mother – Sharon Benjamin-Hodo (Real Estate Agent) (She raised Benjamin as a single mother)
- Siblings – He is the only child.
He is signed with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
Hip hop, funk, jazz, R&B
Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, bass clarinet, kalimba
Epic, LaFace, RCA Records
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
72 kg or 159 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
André 3000 has dated
- Erykah Badu (1996-1997) – In 1996, Andre officially started dating the singer, Erykah Badu. She gave birth to their son, Seven Sirius Benjamin, in November 1997. Their relationship also seemed to have come to an end in the same year.
- Rozonda Thomas (2000) – Andre was rumored to have gone out with the singer, Rozonda Thomas, who is best known for being a member of girls band, TLC, in 2000. Their dalliance didn’t last long as per the reports.
- Karrine Steffans (2001) – In her memoirs, the former model and video vixen, Karrine Steffans, claimed that Andre had a sexual encounter with her.
- Joi (2001) – In 2001, it was reported that Benjamin had hooked up with the singer, Joi. They had met while working on the single, Movin’ Cool (The After Party), which was featured in Outkast’s greatest hits album, Big Boi and Dre Present… Outkast. Joi was a featured artist on the song.
- Shannyn Sossamon (2003) – As per reports, Andre had a short-lived affair with actress and musician, Shannyn Sossamon in 2003. It was reported that they had first met after being cast in the lead roles in the movie set in mid-’70s Memphis. He was cast in the role of Piano prodigy, who falls for a punk rocker, played by Sossamon. The movie was shelved but it helped them date each other for a short while.
- Tila Tequila – Andre is rumored to have had a fling with TV and social media personality, Tila Tequila.
- Christina Milian (2005) – In 2005, Andre was romantically linked with his “Be Cool” co-star Christina Milian for a couple of months.
- Eufaula Garrett (2006) – In September 2006, Benjamin was reported to be going out with film producer, Eufaula Garrett. In the report published by Bossip, it was claimed that she was his production partner for Moxie Films. It was claimed that they had been going out for 6 months and were regularly seen jogging together at Chastain Memorial, Atlanta.
- Sky Nellor (2006) – In August 2006, the American media revealed that he was having an affair with Australian actress, Sky Nellor. He had brought her along as his date for the premiere event of the movie, OutKast: Idlewild. He left with her in the same car after the event. It was also reported that this affair led to an end of his relationship with Eufaula Garrett.
- Shay Johnson (2007) – Some sections of media linked Benjamin with the actress, Shay Johnson, over the summer of 2007. It was also claimed that she had herself hinted at their relationship in one of her interviews.
- Melyssa Ford (2008) – In 2008, Andre was in a relationship with model and actress, Melyssa Ford. However, their relationship barely lasted a couple of months.
- Tiffany Limos (2008) – Towards the end of 2008, Andre Benjamin was going out with actress Tiffany Limos. But their affair didn’t extend into the next year.
- Vashtie Kola – According to reports, Andre 3000 has had a fling with party promoter and music video director, Vashtie Kola, in the past. They had reportedly met at a party.
- Da Brat – Andre has been linked with rapper and actress Da Brat in the past.
- Keisha Spivey – As per tabloid reports, Andre has had a short-lived affair with actress Keisha Spivey.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Haitian-American ancestry.
Mole on the left side of his nose
André 3000 has done endorsement work for the following brands –
- Benjamin Bixby
Best Known For
Being one half of the popular hip hop duo, Outkast. The duo is best known for the commercial success of their studio album, ATLiens. The album managed to sell more than 350,000 copies within the first two weeks of the release. The album also debuted on the 2nd spot on US Billboard 200 chart.
His debut studio album with Outkast was Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, which was released in 1994. The album was eventually certified as platinum in the United States.
In 2018, he released his debut EP Look Ma No Hands as a solo artist.
As a voice artist, he made his theatrical film debut in the English version of the Chinese action comedy movie, Hwasango in 2001. His voice was used in the movie.
He made his first theatrical film appearance in the action comedy movie, Hollywood Homicide, which was released in 2003. He was cast in a supporting role in the Harrison Ford starrer movie.
First TV Show
In 1994, André 3000 made his first TV show appearance in the music talk show, Soul Train.
André 3000 Favorite Things
Source – Black Doctor
André 3000 Facts
- He was studying in high school when he collaborated with Antwan “Big Boi” Patton to form the hip hop duo, Outkast. They signed a record deal just after graduating from high school.
- At the Source Awards in 1995, they were recognized the Best New Rap Group of the Year.
- He took up the guitar while he and Patton were preparing for their second and third studio albums. He also started doing painting in his free time.
- His popular stage name André 3000 was introduced with the release of Outkast’s fourth album, Stankonia.
- In 2008, he announced the launch of his clothing line under the label of Benjamin Bixby. He revealed that he had taken inspiration from college football circa 1935 for his designs.
- In 2004, he was voted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as the sexiest male vegetarian. He later turned vegan and he eventually discarded vegan lifestyle after having followed it for more than a decade. He felt it was making it difficult for him to socialize.
- The GQ magazine has included him in their list featuring the 50 most stylish men of the past 50 years.
- In March 2009, he was arrested for driving over the speed limit. It was found that he was driving at 109 mph in a 65 mph speed zone.
- In 2013, he was featured by the Complex magazine in the list featuring 10 best rappers of the 2000s.
- The Billboard magazine included him in their 10 Greatest Rappers of All-Time list in 2015.
- Before the 2008 US Presidential Elections, he was featured in a print advert by Declare Yourself. The campaign aimed to encourage voter registration and in the adverts, he was gagged by a bow-tie.
- Follow him on Instagram and SoundCloud.
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