Tonight, ABC’s American Crime returns for its second season. The ensemble cast drama garnered plenty of awards including 10 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, including an Emmy win for Regina King for its first season. With the focus shifting more towards a scandal in the community, there are new players to be seen. One of those happens to be OutKast’s own Andre 3000. The venture reunites Three Stacks with director John Ridley, who helped steer him into a masterful portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in the Jimi: All Is By My Side biopic. American Crime however is a different take for Andre as its his first TV role and he’s portraying a an architect father and husband to season one star King.

Two years ago, 3000 reunited with Big Boi for OutKast’s massive $60 million festival tour and said he felt like a sellout after it concluded. His tune’s changed a bit as he told Billboard, “It was a great thing; everybody enjoyed themselves. The fans got something they really didn’t expect. And I didn’t expect that at the time — we just went out and had a good time.”

In a full length feature with Billboard, 3000 remarked that he had indeed been working on new music, how his “Hello” duet with Erykah Badu was a great reunion and offered a few thoughts on playing a different role for a change on American Crime.

On Creating New Music:

I still get time to think about music. [Shooting TV and film projects] is not so bad — it kind of puts you in the place where you’re fiending to do music. I’ve been holding [back] for a long time, so now I’m really interested in figuring out some type of music to do. I’m always recording.

I can’t say that I have a target right now. I’ve gotten in trouble before for saying when or what is coming, so I like to just kind of let it be. I’d like to put out some kind of music project, but we’ll see.

Working On American Crime:

It was fun because it was like an exercise in being able to be outside of myself. I’ve never been married. Of course, I have an 18-year-old kid now, so there were parallels, like the issues of being in a black family or a black person having a black kid in a private school. In real life, I always feel like an oddball going to my kid’s school because I’m a musician; I’m not the normal dad. So to be able to play one is fun to me.

On Crafting “Hello” With Erykah Badu:

Our son Seven and I were trying to figure out songs that could help her — songs that were related to the subject of the mixtape: phones. We came across [The Isley Brothers’ 1974 cover of Todd Rundgren’s] “Hello, It’s Me.” Ron Isley repeats the phrase “hello, hello” as if he was answering the phone. I told Erykah, “You should make this into a new song and get somebody to rap on it.” She was like, “Well, you should rap on it!” I’m happy it happened. It was a great reunion, because I don’t think people have heard a song from us in ages.

Read Andre 3000’s full interview with Billboard now.