Photo: Outkast.com/André 3000 via Instagram


Mother’s Day has come and gone, but André 3000 has proven that every day is an opportunity to honor mom. On May 13th the relatively reclusive star dropped two tracks paying tribute to his mother Sharon Benjamin-Hodo (who died in 2013) with “Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)” and “Look Ma No Hands.”

“Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)” is a piano-heavy song that has Andre 3000 reminiscing over a drive to the grocery store. Mom is smoking cigarettes and Andre is sitting next to her admiring her strength. Dre also mentions his father and his affinity for football and cognac, and how life was much happier when he was around. Not your traditional ode, but an innocent snapshot that has cemented its place in his memory. He sings in his token off-kilter tone:

Me and my mother drivin’ to the grocery store
Me ridin’ shotgun with my window rolled down
She smoked cigarettes and gets what she gets by
Hustlin’ harder, rollers and a nightgown

“Look Ma No Hands” is a 17-minute instrumental jazz track that features fellow superstar James Blake. Blake plays piano while Andre plays bass clarinet. It’s a moody effort that has him expanding his range beyond the borders of rap.

On his Instagram page, Andre 3000 posted a picture of him and his mother along with the lyrics to “Me&My (To Bury Your Parents).” Included was the caption, “Happy Mother’s Day. I’m sure all the cards, dinners, flowers and last minute gifts are appreciated but I’ve learned the best gift a parent could get is to simply know their child is ok.”

While the music is new to most, a report from Pitchfork explained that the tracks were recorded “several years ago.” For fans of Andre 3000, however, this is still very good news. His recent appearances on N.E.R.D.‘s “Rollinem 7’s,” A Tribe Called Quest‘s “Kids,” Solange‘s “Junie” and Frank Ocean‘s “Solo (Reprise)” show that he still has the chops. The hope is that with his recently released solo work, the momentum will carry on over into that long-awaited full-length.