Quote: "One of the biggest things that kills me is when people try to put Big Boi down... The chemistry that made Outkast was the balance. And honestly, Big's a much sharper rapper than I am. If I was going to a battle, I'd definitely bet on him instead of me." Andre 3000 insists rap critics are wrong to dismiss his Outkast bandmate Big Boi's lyrical skills.
Quote: "Jesus, it's all about Jesus... The family that prays together, stays together." Rapper Big Boi tells Tmz.com he credits his Christian faith with helping him repair his 12-year marriage to his wife Sherlita Patton after she filed for divorce last year (13). The couple reconciled and called off its divorce earlier this month (Jun14).
Fact: Rapper Big Boi has thrilled Outkast fans buy posting photos of himself and bandmate Andre 3000 hanging out in Atlanta, Georgia on his Instagram and Tumblr pages. The funk and hip-hop duo has been on hiatus since 2007, following the release of their Idlewild film soundtrack, but reports suggest Outkast will regroup onstage at the Coachella festival in California next year (14).
Quote: "He could've been on any song he wanted to. I gave the motherf**ker about five songs, but I guess he was just too busy... He said he had some contractual obligations." Rapper Big Boi on having to nix plans for a collaboration with former Outkast partner Andre 3000 on his new album.
Fact: Outkast star Big Boi has been appointed as the new spokesman for premium Canadian whiskey, Crown Royal. The rapper will front the brand's new 90 proof Black range, which is sold in a limited edition bag specially designed by Big Boi himself.
Quote: "I named my dog Halle Berry; she's got a cute face." Rapper Big Boi was inspired by the Oscar-winning beauty when naming one of his pets.
Quote: "I always start working on albums on Martin Luther King Day. It's a good luck charm." Rapper Big Boi insists on writing new material on the iconic civil rights leader's birthday, which is celebrated in the U.S. every third Monday in January (10).
Quote: "It's a fox fur. I still wear it on occasions, when it's cold outside. Didn't want to kill all them foxes for nothing." Big Boi still wears the fur coat he sports on the cover of Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album.
Fact: Outkast associate and rapper Sleepy Brown will release his debut album, MR BROWN in September (06). The first single, MARGARITA, features OutKast member Big Boi and singer/producer Pharrell Williams.
Fact: <p>OUTKAST star Big Boi and rapper TI are planning to get their skates on in a new Will Smith film. The pair will feature in the untitled project, which is about their native Atlanta's skating rink culture. </p>
Fact: <p>Rapper 50 CENT has just bought three 'blue pitbull' dogs from OUTKAST star Big Boi's designer pooch kennels. </p>