André 3000 Unveils Debut Solo Album ‘New Blue Sun’

by Qwaci Gregory
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Renowned music maestro, André “3000” Benjamin has delighted fans with the announcement of his long awaited debut solo album, ‘New Blue Sun’, expected to drop on November 17th, 2023 via Epic Records. This entirely instrumental album, co-produced by Benjamin himself and the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Carlos Niño, brings together a talented ensemble of musicians, providing a refreshing and celebratory experience for all music aficionados.

This album might catch some fans off guard who were expecting 3 Stacks to drop a hip-hop classic, especially after Killer Mike spilled the beans on Sway In The Morning. But over the past decade, André has been on some free spirit vibes, lowkey popping up all around the world, sharing his love for wind instruments, and making us crave for more. His new joint, ‘New Blue Sun’, is all about that wind instrument game, with the flute taking center stage. André’s been perfecting his flute skills for over two decades, and now it’s finally time to shine with this instrumental masterpiece.

The album boasts a range of wind instruments, including a digital wind instrument, a Maya flute, and others made of wood and bamboo, played by André himself. It also features contributions from a group of today’s best healing music players, adding to the richness and depth of the album. However, to the disappointment of some, André refrains from adding any rhymes or words. The record relies solely on the power of instrumental music, with song titles speaking volumes about his intentions and messages.

André’s new album aims to bridge the gap between hip-hop and New Age, making it appealing and accessible to a wider audience. The celestial arrangements and edgy titles work hand in hand to challenge the common perception of ambient music as too abstract or dull, offering listeners an immersive experience that is both enlightening and enjoyable.

Influenced by a range of musicians, from Laraaji to Pharoah Sanders, ‘New Blue Sun’ is André’s vision of a world of exploration, an alternate universe under a blue sun. The album’s melodies conjure views of this imagined world, offering a tranquil and serene soundscape that invites listeners to slow down, reflect and let the music guide their thoughts.

André’s ‘New Blue Sun’ is more than just an album; it’s a reflection of his creative evolution, a celebration of his love for wind instruments, and his contribution to the world of music. This album is not only therapeutic for André but is also meant to soothe the senses of his listeners. So, come November 17th, allow yourself to drift into André’s world, under the ‘New Blue Sun’, and embrace the healing power of music.


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