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Overrated: Andre 3000 on “Int’l Players Anthem”


We all saw this coming, right? Like we knew that there was going to be an Overrated series to go along with the Underrated one right? If not, well now you know. Underrated is a series where we show love and highlight lesser-known, respected, or deserving verses, artists, songs and albums. Overrated is exactly what you think it is. We take a look at verses, songs, albums and such that are either good but get just a tad bit too much praise or things that just aren’t that great to begin with.

The topic at hand for the very first Overrated? Why, rap’s favorite deadbeat father. The reclusive and elusive Andre 3000. Not 3000 as an artist, because that would be blasphemy on so many levels. Instead, I’m looking specifically at one of his verses. What specific verse you ask? His verse on UGK’s “International Players Anthem (I Choose You).” Let’s just take a look at that verse for a second:

“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 thats in my lap no lookin back
Spaceships dont come equipped with rearview mirrors
They dip as quick as they can
The atmosphere is now ripped
Im so like a Pip, Im glad its 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 partner yellin “Too soon! Dont do it! Reconsider!
Read some litera – ture on the subject
You sure? Fuck it
You know we got your back like chiroprac – tic
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 aint 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”

Don’t get me wrong, that verse is all kinds of greatness but let’s take a step back and admit that we are just over-hyping this verse just a bit. Especially when Big Boi drops a gem of a verse and almost every line from Pimp’s verse could be used as a hook. So how bout we step back and acknowledge that we are overrating 3000’s verse as if he bodied everybody else on the track?

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