Even though André 3000, member of the group OutKast, has just released his first album in seventeen years, it seems that the musician has not been idle during all this time. But did he really participate in the crazy success of “Mask Off”, Future’s track produced by Metro Boomin, released in 2017? Even if it was the producer himself who announced it during Future’s birthday, nothing is less certain, and we explain why.
We know where the flute sample logically used by Metro Boomin to create this song comes from. This is “Prison Song” by Carlton Williams and Tommy Butler, from the musical and tribute album Selma, made in honor of Martin Luther King. Furthermore, when we hear both versions, we realize that Metro Boomin seems to have touched very little on the original flute.
To drive home the point, the flautist return of André 3000 (his instrumental album is full of them) has not gone unnoticed. Metro Boomin surely wanted to have fun by slipping in a funny little statement, bouncing off the OutKast member’s recent outing and amusing the gallery. Even if André 3000 recently declared at GQ that“In fact, [il a] played wind melodies that[‘il a] broadcast all over the world” by taking another name, you will have understood, it is certainly not him on the flute of “Mask Off”.