LL Cool J Not A Fan Of André 3000’s Instrumental Flute Album: ‘I Don’t Wanna Hear It’

LL Cool J, André 3000

LL Cool J Not A Fan Of André 3000’s Instrumental Flute Album: ‘I Don’t Wanna Hear It

Hip-hop vet LL Cool J wasn’t here for André 3000‘s instrumental music project.

The entertainer slammed the Outkast member’s flute album “New Blue Sun” which debuted last year, arguing that he’d rather have heard something more lyrical from such a talented musician.

LL Cool J, real name James Todd Smith, shared his critical thoughts about the record during a recent appearance on Lebron James‘ talk series The Shop. He stated:

“I’mma be very clear…[André 3000] amazing right, his bars is all the way up…not the flute B…not othe f***ing flute,”

He continued:

“Let’s not lie to ourselves, I don’t wanna hear it…I want him to get with Big Boi, I want them to make an Outkast, or do a solo album…one verse is enough material for album he’s so gifted right…we not gone lie, that man need to know the truth!”

As we previously covered, André 3000’s debut solo project drew very mixed reviews following its release, as it surprisingly featured none of the rapper’s iconic lyricism nor any defining elements of hip-hop in general. Much like LL Cool J, fans were disappointed that the first album since the musician’s nearly 17-year hiatus was vastly different from the classics he created while recording alongside fellow rapper Big Boi as music group Outkast. The hip-hop duo released their last album “Idlewild” in 2006, and until “New Blue Sun,” André hadn’t recorded any new music since.

Though some decided the instrumental project wasn’t their cup of tea, many supported André’s venture into something different; and while it may not have garnered commercial success like Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, André expressed the joy he felt making and sharing the project while promoting the album. He also gave an in-depth explanation of what led him to create the project, admitting that he had to step away from hip-hop music as it no longer felt authentic to his life.

Though LL might not have liked it, Hollywood writer Lena Waithe, who also was a guest on The Shop’s episode, vehemently defended it. The actress/producer hailed the project as “calming” and highlighted other hip-hop stars that ventured into instrumental music, specifically noting Queen Latifah’s 2004 jazz project “The Dana Owens Album.” You can watch the full discussion at the link below!

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Authored by: Kay Johnson