When Rick Ross reached out to Andre 3000 to guest on his newly released God Forgives, I Don’t, he figured the ATLien would simply rap, but instead, the Bawse got so much more. Not only did Dre drop a verse on “Sixteen,” the OutKast standout also sung, played the banjo and volunteered to direct the song’s video.
“Sometimes in our life, depending on what day it is, a lot of times 16 bars ain’t enough, and he loved the track that much that he went above and beyond,” Ross told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway when he appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday.
“Sixteen” is a groovy, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-produced track where Rozay and Dre break the mold, going way beyond the normal 16-bar verse and dropping a whopping 48 instead. Sonically, the song could have easily been a holdover from OutKast’s 1996 masterpiece, ATLiens, or its equally as-great 1998 follow-up, Aquemini. “A lot of times artists be fans of other artists and when they collaborate with ‘em, they forget why they were fans,” Ross began to explain. “Meaning that when I collaborated with him, I wanted to give him the production that I felt could bring out some of that OutKast energy, and what it actually resulted to was a record that he titled ‘Sixteen.’”
The record is so fitting that 3 Stacks offered to help Ross construct the visuals. “He’s writing the treatment for the video,” Rozay confirmed. “It’s looking real big.”
In fact, Ross is so enamored by God Forgives that he has big plans in the works. “I’mma shoot a video to every record on the album,” he said. “I don’t believe I can really keep up with that pace with my schedule and making sure the quality is there doing it weekly, but at least every two or three weeks in between I’ll be giving you virals.”
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