The Outkast musician opened up to NPR about how the experience informed one of the tracks on his forthcoming solo album 'New Blue Sun'
André 3000 had a wild experience during an ayahuasca trip in Hawaii.
In an interview with NPR, the Outkast musician, 48, opened up about the song "That Night In Hawaii When I Turned Into A Panther And Started Making These Low Register Purring Tones That I Couldn't Control Sh¥t Was Wild." and how it was informed by a transformative ayahuasca experience.
"I was actually in Hawaii and it was my second night of the first time I'd ever taken ayahuasca. We did it like a three-night kind of phase. The first night was inviting and beautiful and the most powerful love and connection with all things I've ever felt in my life," he told the outlet.
André explained that "the second night was different."
"The second night my stomach was hurting, my mouth contorted like a panther and I actually turned into a panther. And I was doing like GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR — like, that kind of thing," he said.
The "Roses" singer continued: "I actually turned into a panther. It was doing this thing called toning. Toning is another way of purging. And toning is where you make these vibrational noises that you can't control. It started playing me like an instrument. I started as a panther and then it would make me do these long kind of tones and started changing the notes."
André explained that he's "mimicking" the panther on the song.
"I was like, Damn, I wish I had my phone so I can record this 'cause, like, it'd be so dope. I'm witnessing it and I'm watching it and it holds you for so long. I'm like, where's this breath coming from? And then you end off and you go and do it again. And I'm like, whoa, what is happening right now? So that's what I'm talking about in that title," he said.
When asked if the hip-hop performer found the experience to be "scary," he said "It was kind of intriguing" because he was "digging the sound."
"'But at the same time, the shaman is coming over and he's fanning me. And he's saying, "Oh, that's like 20 years of therapy happening right now,'" he said.
The Grammy winner concluded: "I guess I had to get through that moment. But yeah, it was just interesting because my mouth actually shaped like a panther."
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André announced his debut solo album New Blue Sun on Tuesday — an 8-track project entirely made up of instrumental woodwind music set to drop on Friday.
"I've been interested in winds for a long time, so it was just a natural progression for me to go into flutes," André, who previously showed off his woodwind skills on the Outkast's 2003 track "She Lives in My Lap" as well as 2019's "Where's the Catch?" with James Blake, said in a statement.
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