Big Boi (born Antwan Andre Patton, 1.2.1975)
Big Boi is an American rapper, actor, record producer and songwriter. He is perhaps best known for being a member of OutKast, alongside Andre 3000. During a hiatus from OutKast, Big Boi started working on a solo career.
Childhood: Big Boi was born in Savannah, Georgia, where he spent the first half of his childhood. He attended Herschel V Jenkins High School, before moving to Atlanta with his Aunt Renne.
He later decided to pursue his musical career, by studying at Tri-Cities High School - a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School.
Music Career: Big Boi's interest in hi-hop burgeoned whilst he was at school, where he met Andre 3000. After meeting in the early 1990s, they formed the band OutKast and signed to LaFace Records, home to Toni Braxton, Usher and Cee-Lo Green.
Big Boi's lyrics have often had a political bent; for example his duet with Mary J Blige, 'Sumthin's Gotta Give' represented his views on the United States of America and the Barack Obama administration.
OutKast released four albums before the two members both decided to make solo albums. Andre 3000 created The Love Below, while Big Boi released Speakerboxx and the two albums were released as a double album package. In September 2003, one song from each album was released as a single.
'The Way You Move' was released from Big Boi's album but was distinctly overshadowed by Andre 3000's 'Hey Ya'. Big Boi's follow-up single was 'Need & Want You', featuring a sample from Patti LaBelle.
Big Boi then released another solo album, in 2007, entitled Sir Luscious Left Foot: the Son of Chico Dusty. 'Royal Flush' was the debut single from the album. The track featured both Andre 3000 and Raekwon. Other artists to feature on the album include George Clinton, Janelle Monae, BoB, T.I. and Gucci Mane.
In 2010, Big Boi announced that the follow up album would be entitled Daddy Fat Sax: Soul Funk Crusader. In early 2011, he also announced that he was working on Mike Bigga's album, PL3DGE. A few months later, he stated that he would also be working with Modest Mouse on their next full-length album.
Big Boi's other creative projects include the film Idlewild, which includes both him and Andre 3000. The film was released in 2006 and is a film about Depression-era music from the south of the USA.
He also worked with the Atlanta Ballet in 2008 on a collaborative show entitled 'big'.
Big Boi founded the Big Kidz Foundation in 2006. The organisation is a not-for-profit group, focused on providing culturally diverse opportunities for young children in Atlanta.
Personal Life: Big Boi is married to Sherlita Patton, with whom he has two children; his daughter Jordan and his son Cross. He also has a son named Bamboo, from a previous relationship. Big Boi's own brother, James, is also a rapper and performs under the name Lil' Brotha, as part of the group Konkrete.
Big Boi's wife, Sherlita, owns a clothes boutique in Atlanta, Georgia. The store featured on the MTV series My Super Sweet 16, when Chris Brown bought a birthday gift there.
In August 2011, Big Boi was arrested and charged with possession of MDMA, ecstasy and Viagra. He was released on $16,000 bail.
Big Boi and Outkast - American hip hop duo Outkast which consist of members Andre 3000 and Big Boi performed live during Advertising Week at Best Buy Theater in New York, United States - Thursday 2nd October 2014
With one half of Outkast now out to make records on his own, will the newly-reunited group suffer?
Big Boi has landed his very own record deal with Epic Records, where he'll have the chance to work with his mentor L.A. Reid once again. The rapper, better known as one half of the hip hop duo Outkast, was previously signed to Def Jam and, under Reid's guidance, he released Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.
Big Boi Has Announced That He Has Signed To Epic Records.
The 39 year-old confirmed the news to Huffington Post, revealing "I'm back with [Antonio] L.A Reid and Sylvia Rhone," and adding "Got a brand new situation."
Continue reading: Big Boi Lands Solo Deal: Bad News For Outkast?
They may have struggled to connect with their Coachella crowd, but Outkast certainly impressed at CounterPoint.
Outkast returned home to Georgia for their stint at CounterPoint Festival 2014 - and fans were a lot more pleased this time round than they were at their comeback gig at Coachella.
Nothing was going to spoil the mood at this year's CounterPoint Festival. With a line-up headlined by one of the world's favourite veteran hip hop duos and also featuring Pretty Lights, Foster The People and STS9, not even the ferocious storm that swept the venue over the weekend engulfing festival goers in streams of mud was going to ruin the experience for anyone.
It wasn't Outkast's smoothest show to date, but fans were just happy to have Andre and Big Boi reunited on stage .
Outkast – aka Big Boi and Andre 3000 – reunited for the first time in 10 years at Coachella Saturday night. It was a pretty big deal. The set was broadcast live, so even those unlucky souls who couldn’t shell out for the festival/didn’t feel like traveling for hours to have the three dustiest, most exhausting days of their lives, got to see Outkast perform. The gig generated 90,000 tweets in 24 hours, and by Monday afternoon the recorded set had been viewed more than 1.7 million times, according to NPR.
Andre's most recent endeavor was playing Jimi Hendrix in a biopic, to be released later this year.
There’s a lot of excitement in the air right now about the reunion, especially since Andre and Big Boi announced their 2014 festival tour. So far the tour includes 18 dates, with 40 gigs promised, but Outkast have made it clear that the reunion is not permanent. The duo are calling it a “victory lap” – a thank you to their loyal fans.
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It’s official – HBO has the best promotional strategy. Not that the fourth season of Game of Thrones needed any more hype, but it’s getting heaps of it with a new hip hop mixtape. Dragons, kings, ice creature zombie... things – hip hop should fit right in there, right? The new mixtape is intended to help fans catch up on the fantasy series ahead of Season 4 and is called Catch the Throne, because... well, you know.
Turns out, Common is big on hip hop.
But wait, there’s more! Because HBO wouldn’t just bank on some third rate rappers to get the job done, the mixtape features the likes of Common, Wale, Big Boi and DADDY YANKEE (always pegged him for a GoT fan). It also shines the spotlight on some fresh talent like Bodega Bamz and Show Tha Product. Each rapper had a chance to spit fire (pun intended) about the show’s big theme – the struggle for power. It makes perfect sense, according to Common.
Finally, the Outkast guys are back
It doesn’t seem right to be talking about the international headliners set to grace sun-drenched climes of Coachella 2014, not when January still plagues us so. But with Andre 3000 and Big Boi set to make a return as Outkast, there isn’t a lot else to talk about.
Andre 3000 and Big Boi are working together again
It’s confirmed: Outkast will be headlining the festival alongside Muse and Arcade fire in a line-up stellar enough to rival the world famous Glastonbury, which is also set to be headlined by the recently returned Reflektors.
Continue reading: Coachella Line-up Sees Outkast Return Alongside Muse and Arcade Fire
The hip-hop star has agreed a fee to enter the Big Brother house for the next season of the long-running UK reality series.
Big Boi, the rapper who first found international fame and acclaim with the hip-hop group Outkast, has agreed to appear on the upcoming season of Celebrity Big Brother. The Sun first reported that the rapper will be heading to the UK for a stay at the infamous household, with the new season of the show due to air on Channel 5 later this year, or potentially by the start of 2014. Channel 5 have refused to comment on exactly when the show is due to return.
The rapper has had moderate solo success over the past three years
The rapper has achieved a considerable amount of solo success since OutKast split/went on hiatus, releasing his critically applauded first solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty, in 2010 and the poorly received follow-up, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumours, in 2012. In spite of this success and the fact that he has remained relevant since his OutKast days, the hip-hop star will be joining such washed up celebrities as Loose Women presenter Carol McGiffin, ex-football manager and known racist Ron Atkinson and Abz from the recently reunited boyband 5ive. Big Boi's appearance on the show isn't the first from a rapper either, as 'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio was the last rapper to appear on the show in 2009, with Maggot from UK parody hip-hop group Goldie Looking Chain coming in third place in 2006.
Continue reading: OutKast Rapper Agrees On Fee To Join Celebrity Big Brother House
Albums of Note... David Bowie’s return to the shelves of our local record shops (well, the few that still exist) has been met with a grateful and adulatory fanfare, across the board and it’s been no different here at Contactmusic. Having run out of contemporary influences upon which to draw, Bowie took the old adage that pop will eat itself and made an album to fit. On The Next Day, Bowie largely references himself and his own body of work, recalling his Berlin days, as well as providing an extension of the tracks he released in the nineties.“Assessing how The Next Day sits alongside anything else he's done is irrelevant; an artist who has gone through as many character changes, taken on as many styles and moved through as many eras as he has defies such lazy list making. What can be said is that it is, at this point in time, at this point in his life and career, probably as good a record that David Bowie could've possibly come up with.”
Some of the mystery of Rhye’s cloaked existence has been unveiled and the band’s two components have been revealed as Toronto born producer Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal of Quadron. They draw comparisons to The XX, partly thanks for Milosh’s falsetto, which led many to believe that it was a woman on vocals. Possibly part of the reason they choose to entitle the album Woman...? “'Woman' is a chilled, tranquil listen but not a boring album by any means. The duo creates songs that fill with distant, mysterious moods. But, it still feels like an intimate album piled high with textured layers.”
Janelle Monae's career has skyrocketed over the past few years, leading to her being nominated for three Grammys in 2011 for Best R&B album and also for her collaboration with Big Boi. This year another collaboration, with Fun has catapulted her further from the peripheries of music and further into the view of the public. Speaking to Billboard she has explained how this year's awards meaning something entirely different to Grammy Awards gone by.
"This year's Grammys has a significant meaning," she says. "I was nominated before for my own work, you know, my own album and I had the opportunity to perform in 2011. That was a big moment for my career... This time around I'm there to support Fun. and we're there together. This is about team work; it's about collaborations and making people happy with our music. That means a lot; that's a big deal."
While team work is certainly an important part of her career - she's now top of the list for many artists to collaborate with - but just as importantly is her ability to have done that without compromise. When she started her career financial success wasn't a drive force, she says. "It was just to make music on my own terms or create my own image, do my own hair, do my own makeup. It's an artistic expression for me... That's why I'm here today, because I've been able to be in control of that."