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Andre 3000 Explains How His Surprising Erykah Badu Collaboration ‘Hello’ Came Together

The OutKast MC is set to star in 'American Crime.'

Andre 3000 surprised fans with an appearance on Erykah Badu's "Hello" off her mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone. The collaboration came about thanks in part to their son, Seven.

"Our son Seven and I were trying to figure out songs that could help her -- songs that were related to the subject of the mixtape: phones," the OutKast MC told Billboard. "We came across [The Isley Brothers’ 1974 cover of Todd Rundgren’s] 'Hello, It’s Me.' Ron Isley repeats the phrase 'hello, hello' as if he was answering the phone. I told Erykah, 'You should make this into a new song and get somebody to rap on it.' She was like, 'Well, you should rap on it!' I’m happy it happened. It was a great reunion, because I don’t think people have heard a song from us in ages."

Fans of Andre's music are obviously excited to hear him working on tracks like this one, but he's also acting; Three Stacks is set to star in ABC's "American Crime." While that's an important part of his life, it could also be reason for his music fans to rejoice.

"[Shooting TV and film projects] is not so bad -- it kind of puts you in the place where you’re fiending to do music," he explained. "I’ve been holding [back] for a long time, so now I’m really interested in figuring out some type of music to do. I’m always recording."

The second season of "American Crime" premieres tonight (Jan. 6).