Notoriously private rapper André 3000 seen and heard playing double flute in Philadelphia, LA and New York | News - Music Crowns

Notoriously private rapper André 3000 seen and heard playing double flute in Philadelphia, LA and New York

Last month, one half of all-star Atlanta rap duo OutKast, André 3000 was spotted playing a Mayan double flute at an airport terminal. As it happens, this sighting of impromptu musical entertainment was just a rehearsal for what was to come.

Now the musical maestro has taken to serenading scores of passers-by on the streets of Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles.

In Philadelphia, from the Liberty Bell to a Whole Foods and local craft store, André has been spotted over a dozen times, and each time clad in striped overalls, making beautiful music with his Mayan double flute.

André 3000, real name André Lauren Benjamin, is in the city filming an upcoming TV show, Dispatches from Elsewhere.

While waiting for a flight to Philly, fan Dayna Allen spotted André playing at an airport terminal in Los Angeles. However, she didn’t recognise it was him until they boarded the same flight.

“I looked at him and he looked at me and I was in total shock,” she told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I immediately regretted not saying anything [earlier], because it was like he wanted to be recognized.”

Russ Jackson, a fan who spotted André on some church steps in Philadelphia, asked him about his choice of instrument. The rapper replied that he “picked it up a couple of years ago and that he’s trying to get really good at it.

André has also been spotted on the streets of LA and Manhattan, New York.

Although André’s flautist skills may come as a surprise to some, seasoned fans will know he is no stranger to woodwind instruments.

On his 2018 EP, Look Ma No Hands, the skilled musician played the bass clarinet throughout the two-track project.

Nicole Yamamoto

After graduating in Marketing and Media from Waseda University in Tokyo, Nicole made a temporary move to Toronto where she worked as a freelancer reporting in Japanese for Drake’s fashion label, OVO. After a brief stint back home in Australia, she moved to the UK in late 2018 where she has worked as a freelance translator and interpreter, before joining the Music Crowns team as a staff writer.

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