André 3000 ‘s 12-Minute, 20-Second Song From New Album Breaks Billboard Record

BY JO Mensah November 29, 2023 9:36 PM EDT
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Andre 3000 is making history with one of his latest songs.

The rapper has etched his name in music history with his latest track, “I Swear, I Really Wanted to Make a ‘Rap’ Album But This Is Literally the Way the Wind Blew Me This Time.”

Clocking in at an astonishing 12 minutes and 20 seconds, this instrumental masterpiece has become the longest-running song ever to grace the Hot 100 chart, toppling Tool’s “Fear Inoculum” from its previous

The title of the song resonates with its essence, as André 3000 himself describes it as a musical journey influenced by the whims of the wind and the art of breathing. The album, a testament to the artist’s adaptability, explores the metaphorical winds of change that have guided him in a unique direction, where flutes and digital instruments become the storytellers of his sonic exploration.

The track’s monumental success is even more remarkable considering its instrumental nature, a departure from the typical formula for a modern Hot 100 hit. Surpassing the No. 93 peak of Tool’s track in August 2019, André 3000’s musical odyssey has resonated with audiences in a way that transcends conventional expectations for chart-topping singles.

André 3000, a multifaceted artist known for his roles as a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor, has been a trailblazer throughout his career. Best recognized as one half of the legendary hip-hop duo Outkast, he has amassed a collection of accolades, including six Grammy Awards, solidifying his place as a true icon in the music industry.

Andre 3000’s first solo project

The history-making song comes from the rapper’s album, New Blue Sun.

As previously reported, the album released on Friday, November 17, 2023, is his first complete studio project in almost twenty years. 

In an interview with NPR, the musician explained that instruments such as a flute, contrabass, Mayan, bamboo, and other digital wind instruments would feature prominently in the upcoming 87-minute musical experience.