A hip-hop artist
André Lauren Benjamin (born May 27, 1975), better known by his stage name André 3000 (and sometimes simply Dre, no association with Dr. Dre or Mac Dre), is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor, best known for being part of American 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, and Four Brothers.
In addition to music and acting, Benjamin has also been an active 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 short-lived Cartoon Network animated series Class of 3000.