AceShowbiz - Reclusive rap veteran Andre 3000 a.k.a Andre Benjamin served up a double delight for fans on Sunday, May 13, by debuting two new songs dedicated to his late parents. The OutKast star dropped "Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)" and "Look Ma No Hands" on music streaming website Soundcloud as Americans celebrated Mother's Day.
He confirmed the tracks' authenticity in a series of posts on his newly-launched Instagram page, where he revealed the credits for the tunes, on which he plays bass clarinet.
"Look Ma No Hands", a 17-minute jazz instrumental, also features singer James Blake on piano, and was recorded in late 2017, while "Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)" was written prior to losing his mum and dad in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but was only recorded in 2015, his representative confirms to Pitchfork.
Andre shared a snap of the handwritten lyrics to "Me&My" on social media and captioned it, "Happy Mother's Day. I'm sure all the cards, dinners, flowers and last minute gifts are appreciated but I've learned the best gift a parent could get is to simply know their child is ok."
He also posted screenshots of his final two text messages from his mum Sharon, who died a day after his 38th birthday, and added the hashtag, "#momslastwords."
Hip-hop star Questlove was among the fans to heap praise on Andre 3000 after listening to the new tracks on Sunday. "So #Andre3000 shares a song on Mother's Day about his mom who passed on his bday (sic)...& his dad who passed a year later and damn man this his heartbreakingly amazing...," he posted on Twitter. "Just wow."
Singer Erykah Badu, Andre's ex-girlfriend and mother of his 20-year-old son Seven, also tweeted, "So 3000 just dropped a song for mother's day dedicated to his parents. RIP we love you Andre."
The songs are Andre 3000's first pieces of fresh material in years, after taking a step back from the music industry following Outkast's 2006 album "Idlewild".
Although he has made a number of guest appearances on other artists' work, Andre recently admitted the decision to wind down his musical output was a conscious one, as he fears he no longer has what it takes to compete with younger MCs.
"I don't have the pulse anymore," he told GQ Style in October 2017. "Rhythms change every generation. The intensity and the drums change. And I'm not on the pulse. I can't pretend. It's kinda like watching your uncle dance."