Over the weekend, Kendrick Lamar celebrated the fifth anniversary of his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city. In honor of the occasion, TDE revealed that they wanted a guest verse from André 3000 on “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” No surprise there. Over the last decade, Three Stacks has – pound for pound – earned himself the title of Guest Verse King. He’s hopped on a variety of different artists’ albums and delivered memorable appearances that even stand up to his earlier OutKast work. From Frank Ocean’s “Solo (Reprise)” to Young Jeezy’s “I Do,” the Atlanta artist has proven time and time again and verse after verse that he has the Midas touch; everything he touches turns to gold.
Even though we may never get a new solo album from André, he has blessed us with many fire verses over the past decade that will surely hold fans over. Take a look at the every guest verse from André 3000 you should know.
Chris Brown – “Deuces Remix”
One of the first incarnations of superhero André 3000 guest appearances was when he joined Kanye West, Drake, and more on Chris Brown’s highly popular radio hit “Deuces” in 2010. Three Stacks delivers a melancholy-but-deadly verse about a bad break with a woman to close out the deep posse cut remix. He spits “The farewell email from a female / But I’m a playa, ain’t gonna tell you all the details.”
Devin the Dude – “What a Job”
André raps the real reason why he keeps on making fire music on Devin the Dude’s mellow jam, which is: his fans. “See we do it for that boy that graduated / That look you in your eyes real tough and says ”Preciate it’ / And that he wouldn’ta made it if it wasn’t for your CD number 9.”
DJ Unk – “Walk It Out”
Somehow, André 3000 turned a club anthem into his own personal “how to be an attractive man” sub-reddit. Instead of adding more party-worthy rhymes, he takes a critical eye to today’s youth and provides them with worthy life lessons. “Your white tee well to me looks like A nightgown / make you mama proud take that thing to sizes down / then you look like the man that you are or what you could be” he utters. Leave it to the 3 Stacks to turn a dance track into the a gentlemen’s guide.
Fonzworth Bentley – “Everybody”
Even though Fonzworth Bentley’s C.O.L.O.U.R.S. project never saw the light of day, fans got an impressive outing from André on “Everybody.” Sonically, it’s a great verse from Three Stacks, as he intertwines rhyme schemes with themes and imagery of dreams as he praises a woman for her style. “I like you / Ain’t no anecdote / The red blouse to arouse / I come at you like a matador.”
Frank Ocean – “Pink Matter”
“Pink Matter” was one of the standouts on Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, thanks in no small part to André 3000’s subtle murmured verse. It’s yet another example of André’s versatility to captivate – from going from Atlanta funk hip-hop beats to a soulful R&B track.
Frank Ocean – “Solo (Reprise)”
After years of waiting, Frank Ocean finally delivered his highly anticipated sophomore album Blonde last August. Just like it generally lived up to hype of his debut Channel Orange, it also featured another contribution from André on the reprise of “Solo.” With only two minutes to spare, Three Stacks flexes his most unique and left-field flows, starting with that opening war cry. Easily one of his best.
Future – “Benz Friendz”
“Affection is so convenient when balling / Correction: these hoes don’t mean it when falling / I guess that’s why Lois can’t be with Clark Kent,” 3000 raps about the difference between the rise and fall of fame on Future’s “Benz Friends.” Even though they are an odd pair to match up, André still delivers a strong hook and verse rhyming about frugality and self-misidentification.
JAY-Z – “30 Something”
It’s hard to upstage JAY-Z on a track, but André came close on his appearance on “30 Something.” As part of his Alter Ego mixtape, Three Stacks raps about the troubling aspects of today’s youth, from being consumed by television to standing on the corner debating which shoes to buy next. “Rap is really getting paid in full / So full that the kids don’t go to school / In hopes of becoming one of us” he spits. Kids these days.
John Legend – “Green Light”
In one of his more playful verses, André 3000 crossed over on a slept-on classic appearance on John Legend’s “Green Light.” With lines like, “Let’s hop in a cab and split it / I’m kidding / We both going to where you living / I got you giggling like a piglet / Oh, that’s the ticket,” 3000 flaunts his suave flirty personality with witty wordplay bringing the essence of hip-hop to the coffee shop.
Rick Ross – “Sixteen”
Sometimes “sixteen ain’t enough.” Pushing the eight-minute mark, André 3000 stretches his emcee ability on Rick Ross’ “Sixteen.” The verse is incredible, the hook is immortal, the bridge is funky, and even his wailing ad-libs are the stuff of genius. Ross held his own, but giving André over 4 minutes to shine and flex his versatile music talent has made for perhaps one of his best guest appearances.
T.I. – “Sorry”
These two legendary Atlanta rappers are in rare form on “Sorry,” a track on T.I’s Trouble Man album. We find André going deep into personal relationship and apologizing to Big Boi, a breakdown of his relationship with Erykah Badu, and some heartbreaking ruminations on fame. 3000 puts his heart on his sleeve while rapping, “Say hey I’m sorry for begging for all them clothes you couldn’t afford / And this the type of shit that’ll make you call your rap partner / And say I’m sorry I’m awkward, my fault for fuckin’ up the tours.”
Travis Scott – “The Ends”
In one of his darker guest verses, André raps about Atlanta childhood interspersed with talk of a serial murderer named Wayne Williams who lured his victims by claiming to work in the music industry. It’s a memory that seems to haunt André, as he gets very specific in his lyrics, rapping “Bodies, bodies, bodies sprinkled around / We runnin’ through the sprinkler lookin’ around / Killer would show up with boxes of pizza / And said he had a label recruitin’ people.”
Young Jeezy – “I Do”
Young Jeezy’s TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition was the last of his Thug Motivation series, and arguably the best. For the single “I Do,” Jezzy taps JAY-Z and André. As Jeezy and Hov spit about their relationship with the streets and the hustle, 3000 comes in with a melodic verse about love, women and marriage. He raps “Crazy I tell you all of this in the middle of a club / Where words tend to get thrown around lightly like like like love.”
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