Andre 3000 attends the GQ Men of the Year Party 2023
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Andre 3000’s ‘New Blue Sun’ Jazz Tour Is Coming to a City Near You — Here’s What to Expect!

Outkast hitmaker Andre 3000 is going on his first ever solo tour. Here are all the details about the rapper's setlist, special guests, and tour dates.


Feb. 1 2024, Published 6:58 p.m. ET

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Former Outkast star André 3000 surprised fans when he dropped an album in 2023 that did not include any rap lyrics. Andre’s New Blue Sun project came nearly 17 years after the release of Outkast’s Idlewild – which he dropped in 2006.

New Blue Sun showcases Andre’s innovative sound and is being hailed as a breath of fresh air in the contemporary music scene.

André has become known for his time as a GRAMMY Award-winning rapper so he understands that this new music venture may be shocking to long-time fans.

“I had to develop an understanding that there may be opposition to this,” he said during an interview with The Guardian. “But the feeling I got making it – the love I had for the music – was much greater than the fear.”

Now, André is bringing the New Blue Sun experience to live audiences across the U.S. Here are all the details about the musician’s 2024 tour in support of his debut solo album.

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André 3000 is taking his 'New Blue Sun' album on tour.

André made waves upon releasing the first single from New Blue Sun, which quickly placed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The 12-minute track, titled "I Swear, I Really Wanted to Make a 'Rap' Album But This Is Literally the Way the Wind Blew Me This Time,” is the longest song to ever land on the coveted music chart.

Following the success of the song, André announced that he was taking his show on the road. André will be joined by several jazz musicians, some of whom are featured on the rapper’s album.

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Andre 3000 performs on stage at Lakewood Amphitheatre.

André has reportedly tapped Carlos Niño, Nate Mercereau, Surya Botofasina, and Deantoni Parks for the tour — which will run from January to March and include stops in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and more.

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The musician will likely perform a slate of songs from the New Blue Sun album – which is nearly 90 minutes long.

Unfortunately for longtime fans of the MC hoping to hear the classics on the tour, André expressed that he's done with rap. So, has André 3000 put down his pen for good? It seems so.

Did André 3000 quit rap music?

Despite the success of Andre’s debut album, some fans cannot get over the former Outkast star denouncing his rap roots. André addressed the criticism in an interview with CBS Mornings and explained that he tried to make it clear that the project was not a rap album.

“Even on the artwork it says, ‘No bars,’ so if you’re disappointed, man, I don’t know what else I could do,” he said. “I don’t like that people are upset a little bit about it.”

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André Benjamin of 'Dispatches from Elsewhere' speaks onstage during the AMC Networks.
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He went on to reveal that he no longer has a desire to rap as he has moved on with his life. However, fans of the iconic MC are not letting him off easily.

“Y'all stop it. Y'all know y'all not about to listen to no album with Andre 300 playing the flute for an hour,” one person tweeted.

Meanwhile, some of André’s loyal fans praised his work on New Blue Sun with some calling the project a masterpiece.

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