“I think it’s one of those places where, because we didn’t grow up in New York, because we didn’t grow up on the West Coast, we had time to soak both of those things in. Because no one expected anything from the South, except, you know, maybe fast, booty-shake club music. The door was wide open, so we had an open palette. And one thing I can say about Atlanta is you can do anything from Atlanta. Like, I think it would’ve been harder for us to come out from New York because they would’ve expected us to do a certain thing. We would have to rap a certain way, you know. So I think Atlanta is almost like a freedom land because we had no ties to anything. It was just open, like, open field.”—Andre 3000, speaking withMicrophone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley before a screening of the just-released Jimi Hendrix biopic in which he stars. Tonight OutKast begins a three-night stand in their hometown, Atlanta, after which they’ll continue a months-long festival tour. (via npr)
I’m doing comedy in my underwear next Friday, Sept. 12, at Underwear Comedy Party at Village Theatre. I’ve never been to that show because I thought it wouldn’t be fair to watch something I’d never participate in, but now I’m doing it and here’s a related, semi-throwback spoiler. I’m still a bit of a coward and don’t want a picture like this just sitting on my page, wide open, so you gotta click THIS. I’m really conflicted about posting this as I want both everybody and nobody to see it. Ugh. What if I relaxed for, oh, a second?