André 3000 wanted to pull his guest verse from Killer Mike‘s new album Michael — until he heard who else was on the song.
With his sixth solo effort arriving later this month, the Run The Jewels rapper took to Instagram on Monday (June 5) to reveal 3 Stacks had hesitations about sharing their latest collaboration with the world.
That was until he heard the final version and was amazed by what he heard from Detroit-bred singer, Eryn Allen Kane, who sings the hook on the track.
“André 3000, he’s in Japan right now as we talk, playing the flute,” Mike explained in a video from his recent listening session. “He called me, he’s like, ‘Kill, I don’t know about the song, man. We just got a good rap record, man.’
“And then Cuz [Lightyear] was like, ‘You sent him the final record?’ I’m like, ‘Nah.’ I sent it over with Eryn’s hook and stuff. He hit back with, ‘Yeah, yeah, you got the record. Who is that?!’”
He added: “So thank you, Eryn, I really appreciate you for that.”
Killer Mike and André 3000’s upcoming collaboration is titled “Scientists & Engineers” and also features Future. In April, a snippet of the song surfaced online after being played during a listening party for Michael in New York.
“All I know is when the portrait is painted better have your portion of the rent/ A dollar more and you will get upgraded when you think you’ve made it you are then/ Just tolerated, overrated, hope I’m 80 when I get my second wind,” the OutKast legend spits on the space-age track
Killer Mike closes out the track with a skillfull verse of his own, rapping: “Man, I’m a villain with children/ So I’m never chillin’, I gotta make millions/ I used to be dope with the dealin’, but that got a ceiling/ And we know the usual illin.’”
“Scientists & Engineers” will serve as André 3000’s first guest appearance since Kanye West‘s “Life of the Party,” which appeared on the deluxe version of Ye’s Donda album in 2021.
Michael is set to be released on June 16 and will also feature Lil Wayne, Young Thug, El-P, Dave Chappelle and others, with No I.D. executive producing the project.
The featured artists on this project are unparalleled. I’ve assembled a cast of some of the best artists from Atlanta & beyond,” Mike said of the album in an Instagram post in May
Our collective perspectives will allow you to understand the glorious story and beautiful nuances of what it’s like to be a Black boy growing up in the deeply religious south, specifically The Westside of Atlanta.”
He added: “This is an audio movie, an August Wilson Play like adventure. Press play, close your eyes and experience art.”