André 3000 producing Aretha Franklin's next album

There’s no doubt that André 3000 is a verstitile musician. He’s more than a rapper.

Whether it’s tracks like “Hey Ya”, his role as Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic, or a sampling a John Coltrane classic on an instrumental track, it should come as no surprise to anyone that he’s now working with the legendary Aretha Franklin on her next album.

Pitchfork has the news:

Aretha Franklin is currently at work on a new album that’s tentatively due in September. The Queen of Soul is set to cover hits by various iconic female vocalists (or, as they’re called on VH1 specials, “divas”). In an interview with Billboard, she revealed a few details about the album, including that André 3000 is on board to co-produce.

Clive Davis is executive producing the LP, and she’s also been recording with Babyface and Daryl Simmons. “I’m pretty sure it’s going to be fun working with [Andre 3000], just watching his videos and things,” she said. She hinted at the collaboration earlier this year, accidentally calling him “André 2000″ in the process.

Now, for some music. How about that Coltrane track I mentioned. Here’s “My Favorite Things”:

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