André 3000 flute video goes viral: ‘Making Everything Up’

OOne half of the legendary hip-hop duo OutKast performed not as a rapper but as a flutist on the final day of the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day.

Video footage of André 3000 playing the flute live on stage has therefore gone viral on social media.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper and cultural trendsetter has been on tour following the November release of New blue sunhis first solo album in more than twenty years which the New York Times described as “an improvised album of experimental music on which he plays a variety of flutes.”

André 3000 also echoed this sentiment when he told the audience that his flute music was ‘truly an expression of freedom’.

Andre 3000 in concert - New York, NY

André 3000 performs at Blue Note Jazz Club on February 2, 2024 in New York City. | Source: Astrida Valigorsky / Getty

He explained that during the show, suggesting that his flute music is entirely improvisational, according to reporting in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We’re just making everything up as we go along,” André 3000 told the crowd at Piedmont Park. “We never know what the evening will sound like, but for us it is refreshing.”

A pair of videos posted to

“I had the chance to see Andre 3000 play the flute today at the Jazz Fest,” the post said.

On Tuesday morning, the X-post was liked almost 2,000 times and André 3000’s performance was viewed more than 135,000 times.

André 3000 also used the performance as a way to publicly recognize Rico Wade, the producer and songwriter who founded the Dungeon Family collective of hip-hop artists, which also includes OutKast.

Wade died in April and was the centerpiece of Organized Noize, a group of producers responsible for carving out the unique sound of what has become known as Atlanta music.

André 3000 explained how supportive Wade was of his music.

“We did a residency in Atlanta, six shows, and Rico Wade showed up,” André 3000 told the crowd. “One thing you guys might not know about Rico is that he raised me. Every time I said I rap to Rico, he would walk away and say, ‘That’s not good enough.’ Just for a moment, I want you all to make some noise for King Rico Wade.”

Monday’s performance took place on the same day that André 3000 celebrated his 49th birthday. Doing this while giving a flute performance in front of a hometown crowd probably doubled the satisfaction for the Atlanta icon.

Regardless of how one feels about the direction of André 3000’s latest music, the enduring interest in and curiosity of his artistry is undeniable.


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