Date of Birth : May 27th 1965
Better known by his stage name André 3000, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor, best known for his work in the group OutKast.
Shortly after graduating high school the duo were signed to the Atlanta-based LaFace label and released their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik in 1994. Buoyed by the success of the single “Playa’s Ball”, the album went platinum by the end of the year and Outkast was named Best New Rap Group of the Year at the 1995 Source Awards.
Outkast’s fourth album, Stankonia, saw Benjamin take on the new name of Andre 3000 (largely to distinguish himself from Dr. Dre) and increased the group’s crossover appeal with the single Ms. Jackson, which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written in the aftermath of Benjamin’s breakup with Badu and was a fictionalised account of the disintegration of their relationship.
André has made appearances in Families, The Shield (André plays Robert Huggins, a character that originated in an episode titled “On Tilt” from Season 3 in 2004.), Be Cool, Revolver (2005), and had a co-starring role in Four Brothers. Andre was also cast as Percival in Idlewild, released on August 26, 2006. He is currently shooting a movie with Big Boi for HBO. He is also currently working on an as-of-yet untitled project, filming on location in Louisiana and is being produced by Chesley Seals and Kat Hantas. He voiced a crow in Charlotte’s Web, a movie adaptation of the 1952 children’s book. As of November 2006, he voices “Sunny Bridges,” a prize-winning musician who gives up touring to teach at his alma mater, in a new animated series he produced on Cartoon Network called Class of 3000. He has also worked with Esthero on a promotional version of “Jungle Book” which was on a Wikked lil’ grrrls sampler, but never made it to the actual album due to issues with Esthero’s publisher, Warner Bros.. The following year, he appeared in the basketball comedy Semi-Pro, with Woody Harrelson and Will Ferrell. He also starred in the 2008 film Battle in Seattle, a film about the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests.