• Micheal La Shon III

Behind The Bars: Andre 3000: "Int'l Players Anthem"


Guest verse from Andre 3000 of Outkast on UGK's 2007 single "Int'l Players Anthem

Verse:

So...I typed a text to a girl I used to see

Sayin that "I chose this cutie pie with whom I wanna be...and I apologize if this message gets you down"

Then I CC'd every girl that I'd see see round town... and I hate to see y'all frown but I'd rather see her smiling, wetness all around me, true, but I'm no island. Peninsula maybe, makes no sense I know, crazy... Give up all this pussy cat that's in my lap, no lookin back.

Spaceships...don't come equipped with rearview mirrors, they dip, as quick as they can, the atmosphere is now ripped.

I'm so like a Pip, I'm glad it's night

So the light from the sun would not burn me on my bum

When I shoot the moon high, jump the broom

Like a premie out the womb

My patna yellin "Too soon! Don't do it! Reconsider! Read some literature on the subject...You sure?"

Fuck it.

"You know we got your back like chiropractic.

If that bitch do you dirty, we'll wipe her ass out as in detergent. Now hurry hurry, go on to the altar, I know you ain't a pimp but pimp remember what I taught ya. Keep your heart 3 stacks, keep your heart!

Aye, keep your heart 3 stacks, keep your heart!

Man, these girls is smart, 3 stacks, these girls is smart...Play your part...play your part..."

In this verse, Andre was fully committing to his woman, the woman he was going to marry, and showing the world that nothing was going to stop that. He told all the females in the past that he's finally found the one for him. He also gave up on any other "potential" wife out there when mentioning "wetness all around me, true, but I'm no island" because he wanted the woman right in front of him. His best friend seen the love in him and was scared for him, trying to slow him down, but he said "Fuck it." As in saying "I'm going to do this regardless." His friends still didn't truly see how much he loved her at the end of the verse...so it faded out, and presumably, 3000 married this woman. Throughout the entire verse, that sampled choir I mentioned earlier repeats "I choose you...I choose you baby..." over and over again...reinforcing the decision that Andre 3000 is about to make.

That's been my interpretation of the verse since I first heard it...I heard it and thought "When I finally find the woman I want to marry...nothing will stop me." I knew it had to play at my wedding. The verse showed me how a man can be so focused and so in love at the same time.


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