What do you think the current state of hip hop is? Do you think the new wave of rappers is hurting hip hop? If you do, Outkast's Andre 3000 doesn't agree telling Vibe Magazine "Nothing is wrong with rap at all. And the reason why I say that is
because at any given time, you got to love rap because the only thing
rap has ever said to people is "we gon' tell how it is." That's the
only thing that they've ever said. They didn't say, "We gon' sell a
million records." They didn't say, "We gon' get these endorsement
deals"- none of that. Rap was always "I'm just gon' tell it like it
is…So my message to all the kids doing it is do it [now] because this
is the only chance you're going to get to do it…because you going to
start getting older and you going to start editing yourself."
Andre 3000 did go on to say he doesn't listen to much new music. "Ain't nobody rapping no more, everybody singing," he said in an interview. "I'm just going to be honest with you: I listen to old music. I don't even listen to rap that much, and not in a Kanye [West]-I don't listen to rap no more-kind of way, but I listen to what I'm working on and old, old rap."