For a little over a month now, a man who has appeared to be Outkast co-founder André 3000 has been spotted around the US playing the flute in public places.
He was first spotted in mid-June by US producer, Antonia Cereijido. She posted a tweet saying “I saw a man walking around my terminal playing a flute for 40min and was losing my mind because I thought it was André 3000.”
And she was right! It was André 3000. Playing what he calls a “double flute”.
For everyone saying it’s not a flute- I specifically asked him and he said it’s a double flute
— Antonia Cereijido (@antoniacere) June 15, 2019
Since that moment, he’s been spotted all around the US serenading passers-by with his double flute.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, he’s been spotted around Philadelphia “at least a dozen times” in spots like Whole Foods and a craft store.
One Philadelphia resident, Russ Jackson, saw André 3000 sitting on the steps of a church and had to do a double take.
“When I walked past him the first time, I didn’t approach him,” he said. “I just saw a guy, but he kind of fit the mold of André 3000. As I was walking, it started to click that it was probably him.”
Wasn’t tripping. It’s him. 3 Stacks in the flesh. And his flute game is A-1. pic.twitter.com/xbQTqjsJiC
— Russ Jack (@Russ_Jack) July 9, 2019
Jackson also said that he asked him about the flute, saying “he told me that he picked it up a couple of years ago and that he’s trying to get really good at it.”
Residents of New York City and Los Angeles have reportedly also heard and seen the mysterious flute-playing André 3000.
Check out more sightings of this wholesome occurrence below.
HEY YALL I JUST MET ANDRE 3000 AT A RANDOM CRAFT STORE. HE WAS PLAYING THE FLUTE pic.twitter.com/UUnqX5eqXl
— Qtip (@dagoodhoodwitch) July 10, 2019
So basically at #NN19 in Philly when me and a gang of Muslim activists were getting ice cream after dinner & chatting on sidewalk after the rain – good wholesome fun – when this guy was playing flute around us. And who else plays flute in public wholesome spaces?
ANDRE 3000. pic.twitter.com/dCk60tWtYq
— Taz Ahmed (@TazzyStar) July 12, 2019