Born: May 27, 1975
Place of Birth: Atlanta, GA
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Career and Life
André Lauren Benjamin better known by his stage name André 3000 (formerly Dre), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, and dancer best known for being part of hip hop duo Outkast alongside fellow rapper Big Boi. As an actor, Benjamin has made appearances in a number of TV series and films, including Families, The Shield, Be Cool, Revolver, Semi-Pro, Four Brothers, and the lead role of Jimi Hendrix in All Is by My Side.
In addition to music and acting, Benjamin has also been an entrepreneur. In the spring of 2008, he launched a clothing line called Benjamin Bixby. He has also been an advocate for animal rights. He is also known for his work on the Cartoon Network animated series Class of 3000.
In 2013, Complex included Benjamin on its list of the 10 best rappers of the 2000s. In 2015, Billboard included Benjamin on its list of the 10 Greatest Rappers of All Time.
In 2004, alongside Alicia Silverstone, Benjamin was voted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to be the 'World's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity'. He is a childhood friend of Fonzworth Bentley. Benjamin also has a son named Seven Sirius Benjamin (born November 18, 1997) with R&B singer Erykah Badu. Benjamin was arrested in Henry County, Georgia in March 2009 after being caught driving his 2007 Porsche 911 109 mph in a 65 mph speed zone.
Benjamin launched the "Benjamin Bixby" clothing line in the spring of 2008, inspired by college football circa 1935. In February 2012, Benjamin announced that he would be returning with another line soon.
Benjamin posed for a print advertising campaign by Declare Yourself, a campaign encouraging voter registration among youth for the 2008 United States presidential election. In the ads by photographer David LaChapelle, he has his mouth gagged by a bow-tie in a symbolic function.