ANDRE 3000 has appealed to maturing hip-hop artists to quit before they get too old - because they will lose their musical creativity.

The OUTKAST singer has pledged to turn his talents to new areas as he heads towards middle age, because he doesn't want to destroy his credibility as a multi-Grammy winning rap star by turning "corny".

He tells Britain's MAXIM magazine, "I've seen it happen. guys I loved coming up - now they're older than I am. I don't want to see them rap now, because it's just corny. I never want to get into that position.

"I'd rather pull myself out of the game before somebody else throws a yellow penalty flag at me."

28/04/2005 17:18