Andre 3000 will never drop another album. I believed it, still do. He's seemingly caught in the same perfectionist trap Dr. Dre was when working on Detox. Andre doesn't have to release any new music ever again, so why would he unless it's perfect? And when you're that talented, you'll never get to perfect. That's why when asked about an album Andre gets so vague, slipping into non-committal phrases like "I'm figuring out some music to do."
No, like Big Foot, the Loch Ness monster or the time Fred Getman told me drinking Pepsi and Coke mixed would make my stomach explode in third grade, a new 3 Stacks album was more myth than truth.
And then I saw this:
Pump the brakes, deep breath. Lest you need reminding, Chris Rock is a comedian, and the kind of comedian who might find it hilarious to troll the rap-loving internet. Yeah, the smart money says this is a troll. But...
....what, these guys all just hang out on the regular? At the risk of pointing out the obvious, Jack White doesn't exactly blend into that crowd (yo, is that racist?). Making music with Jack White is exactly the kind of unexpected, out of the box move Andre would pull. And as I'm sure the hip-hop heads reading this know, Jarobi was a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest. That's right, the same group Andre just said were his biggest inspiration and that his biggest regret was never working with before Phife Dawg died.
Goddamnit, here I am, it's past midnight and I'm analyzing a probably hoax-Instagram for clues like some sort of 3 Stacks truther. This is what desire does to you. It makes you irrational, it makes you see things that aren't there, and I like to consider myself a pretty clear-eyed music fan. So yeah, I'm going to go back to convincing myself that we'll never get a new Andre 3000 album, ever, but I don't know if I'll ever be able to completely give up hope. Can you blame me?