Andre 3000 stirred up quite the bit of controversy last week when Frank Ocean’s highly-anticipated sophomore LP, Blond, finally hit the web and fans heard Andre taking shots at rappers with ghostwriters. Since then, many 3 Stacks fans have been wondering which rappers he was talking about and many have assumed he was taking aim at Drake. However, Andre’s Dungeon Family brother CeeLo Green recently came to his defense and gave some clarity on the stand-out verse.
In a new interview with Sway Calloway, Green spoke about giving Andre a call recently to praise him for his acclaimed verse on Ocean’s “Solo (Reprise).” On the track, 3 Stacks raps, “After 20 years in, I’m so naive I was under the impression that everyone wrote they own verses, It’s comin’ back different and yea that s— hurts me, I’m hummin’ and whistlin’ to those not deserving, I’m stumbled and lift every word, was I working just way too hard?”
Understandably, fans were shocked by Andre’s shade to rappers with ghostwriters and many assumed that he was rapping about hip-hop star Drake, who endured a major ghostwriting scandal last year after Meek Mill accused him of having writer and producer Quentin Miller write some of his bars for him.
Although the controversy didn’t hinder Drake’s career, a possible dig from Andre carries a lot more weight from a legend like him than it does from a newcomer like Meek, and many fans were wondering what would happen next between Drake and Andre.
However, during his interview, Green explained that Andre actually wrote the verse before Drake’s ghostwriting controversy even happened.
“I was telling him on the phone yesterday, like, you spazzed on that Frank Ocean verse. And he was telling me that he did that verse two years ago,” Green said.
Green then went on to confirm that Andre wasn’t rapping about Drake.
“I can confirm that it’s not, but it’s good for hip-hop,” Green explained.
Well, for anyone hoping for a beef between Andre and Drake, it’s not going to happen.