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André 3000 (right) on the cover of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

André 3000 (born André Benjamin on May 27, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a vegan African American hip hop artist and producer; one half of the successful and avant-garde hip-hop duo OutKast. He is also known by the aliases "Dre" (his original moniker), "Possum Jenkins", "Dookie", the reversed "Benjamin André" and "Johnny Vulture" (for example on Gwen Stefani's album Love. Angel. Music. Baby., on which he produced/appeared on the tracks "Bubble Pop Electric" and "Long Way To Go"). Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is the name of the 2003 double album by the two members of the hip hop group OutKast, each disc a solo project. ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Downtown Atlanta skyline Atlanta is the capital and largest city of Georgia, a state of the United States of America. ... Vegan - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... Alphanumeric List 1-9 1200 Techniques 2 Live Crew Fresh Kid Ice Luke Skyywalker Mr. ... In the music industry, record producer designates a person responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... Big Boi (left) and André 3000 (right) possess musical styles that are often as different as their fashion senses. ... Gwen Stefani Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) is an American singer and the frontwoman of the band No Doubt who launched a successful solo career in late 2004. ... Love. ...


André was born in Atlanta and raised in poverty by a single mother. He met Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, his future OutKast partner, when the two attended Tri-Cities High School in East Point. A single parent is a parent with one or more children, who is neither married, nor living together with his or her partners. ... Big Boi (born Antwan André Patton on February 1, 1975 in Savannah, Georgia) is an African American hip hop artist and producer; one half of the successful and avant-garde hip-hop duo OutKast. ... East Point is a minor suburb of Atlanta located in Fulton County, Georgia. ...


André dated neo soul musician Erykah Badu for several years, and has chronicled the relationship and its breakup in various OutKast songs, including "Ms. Jackson," the second single from the album Stankonia. The song is addressed to Badu's mother, whose born surname was Jackson). André has also written songs about his turbulent youth, including his experiences as a drug dealer before his days in OutKast. Nu soul (AKA neo soul) is a musical genre that fuses R&B, 1970s style soul, and hip hop. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... Erica Wright of Dallas, Texas (born February 26, 1971), better known as Erykah Badu, is an African-American R&B / hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. ... Stankonia is a hip hop album by Outkast, released by La Face records (a subcorporation of Arista, BMG) on October 31, 2000. ...


In 2003, Outkast released Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, a double album that highlighted the differences in the musical styles of the group's two members. André's half of the album, The Love Below, garnered the most attention from mainstream audiences, with the popular singles "Hey Ya!" and "Roses". The album's fourth single and video (Andre's third), "Prototype" was released shortly after, whereas Big Boi's Speakerboxxx has seen the release of the hit "The Way You Move" and most recent single "Ghettomusick." The Love Below was, unlike Speakerboxxx, an exercise in funk, jazz, and alternative music, featuring mostly sung--instead of rapped vocals from André. 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January January 1 - Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is the name of the 2003 double album by the two members of the hip hop group OutKast, each disc a solo project. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... For other article subjects named Jazz see jazz (disambiguation). ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music1 were coined in the early 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired music genres which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ...


Influences on André 3000's music include punk and new wave artists the Ramones, the Buzzcocks and the Smiths. In the February 14, 2004 issue of British music magazine New Musical Express, he identifies "William, It Was Really Nothing" as his favorite Smiths tune. Other influences include A Tribe Called Quest and 2 Live Crew. [1] (http://www.mtv.com/bands/o/outkast/news_feature_031031/) The Ramones were a hugely influential punk rock band formed in Forest Hills, Queens, New York in March 1974. ... Buzzcocks were a punk rock band, formed in Manchester, England in 1976. ... This article is about the English rock band, for other uses of Smith or Smiths, see Smith The Smiths were a hugely influential British rock group and indie music pioneers. ... February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Album cover of The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest is an influential rap group of the 1990s, originally formed in Queens, New York City in 1988. ... 2 Live Crew is one of the most controversial rap groups ever, largely due to the sexual themes of one album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be (1989). ...


André has moved into the film world and has made appearances in The Shield and Be Cool. He is currently shooting a movie with Big Boi for HBO before moving on to star in the dramatic role of a yet untitled film set to shoot in Louisiana, produced by Chesley Seals and Kat Hantas. The Shield is an American police drama television series on FX Networks. ... Be Cool movie poster Be Cool is a 1999 sequel to the novel Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard, which inspired a movie of the same name. ... Big Boi (born Antwan André Patton on February 1, 1975 in Savannah, Georgia) is an African American hip hop artist and producer; one half of the successful and avant-garde hip-hop duo OutKast. ... For alternate meanings of HBO, see HBO (disambiguation). ... State nickname: Pelican State Other U.S. States Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans Governor Kathleen Blanco Official languages None; English and French de facto Area 134,382 km² (31st)  - Land 112,927 km²  - Water 21,455 km² (16%) Population (2000)  - Population 4,468,976 (22nd)  - Density 39. ...


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John André (May 2, 1750 - October 2, 1780) was a British officer hanged as a spy during the American Revolutionary War for an incident in which he assisted Benedict Arnold's attempted surrender of the fort at West Point, New York to the British.
André was born 1750 in London to Huguenot parents, Antoine André (a merchant from Geneva, Switzerland) and Marie Louise Giradot (from Paris, France).
André then told them he was a British officer who must not be detained, when, to his surprise, they said they were Americans, and that he was their prisoner.
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Andre Benjamin, one half of Grammy-winning, platinum-selling hip hop duo OutKast, sits on the sofa of a suite in a smart London hotel.
In fact, Benjamin is vegan, almost teetotal and sartorially eccentric; his variety of cool is the antithesis of the sportswear-clad, debauched excess traditionally associated with hip hop, and therefore excites much debate.
None the less, Benjamin turns in a decent performance, holds his own against proven talents such as Wahlberg and goes a long way to dismantling the Andre 3000 associations with his portrayal of the quietest of the four brothers in question.
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