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Cee Lo Green Says Andre 3000’s Hiatus is Due to “Stage Fright”

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Earlier this week, hip-hop fans were given new hope (or is that false hope?) over that coveted Andre 3000 album.

According to BET executive Stephen G. Hill, the OutKast rapper told him backstage at a Lil Wayne show in Washington D.C. that he’ll be releasing his first solo album at the top of next year. However, these hopes were soon dashed when reps for 3 Stacks told Billboard “there is no official confirmation on that report.”

Andre’s good friend and long-time collaborator, Cee Lo Green, has his own theory of events.

Appearing on MTV‘s RapFix Live with Goodie Mob yesterday (Aug. 7), the Dungeon Family crooner said he believes 3 Stacks’ hiatus is down to “a severe case of stage fright.” He added that Andre told him he doesn’t believe he can live up to fans’ high expectations.

Even the best suffer from self-doubt, folks.

He just said he had a severe case of stage fright and just kind of been away from the game and didn’t know if he could truly live up — ah, I just feel like I’m talking too much personal stuff. I hope he don’t mind.

He just said he was bothered by this bar that had been set and maybe he wants to do something different, and he’ll always be his worse competition, his worse critic and maybe he don’t want to live up to what people think he should do.

He’s always been exceptional and ahead of his time anyway, so anything he decides to do, next year or the year after that, we’ll still be catching with what’s on his mind.

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