How Old Is Big Boi the Rapper
How Old Is Big Boi the Rapper
Big Boi (born Antwan André Patton on February 1, 1975 in Savannah, Georgia) is an
African American hip hop artist and producer; one half of the successful and avant-garde hip-hop duo OutKast. He
also goes by the aliases "Daddy Fat Sacks", "Lucious Left Foot", "Billy Ocean", "Hot Tub Tony" and "Francis the
Savannah Chitlin' Pimp". Big Boi was born and spent the first half of his childhood in Savannah before moving to
Georgia's capital of Atlanta. He had a strong interest in hip hop music, and met André "André 3000" Benjamin while
attending Tri Cities High School in the late-1980s. the two eventually joined forces as OutKast and signed with
LaFace Records. In contrast to his more sedated partner, Big Boi's on-record persona enjoys partying and employs a
more pimp-like mentality. Big Boi is also the more direct member of the team, and has often used his lyrics to
criticize the problems that plague both the African American community and the world.
In addition to his work on many OutKast and Dungeon Family-related material, Big
Boi has also been featured on other artists' tracks without André 3000. His most notable guest appearances were on
the 1999 Missy Elliott hit, "All N My Grill", the Youngbloodz' "85 South", and Trick Daddy's 2001 single "In Da
Wind". After four increasingly successful albums as a duo, André decided to make a solo album as a side project.
Big Boi also produced a solo effort, and the two albums were packaged together as Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in
2003. Big Boi's Speakerboxxx anchored the release with the original OutKast style, and was the half to receive the
most recognition from the hip-hop audience. One song from each CD was released in September 2003 as a single. Big
Boi's choice was the smooth urban single "The Way You Move", featuring Sleepy Brown. It was originally supported by
urban radio, but then crossed over to pop charts and became almost as big a pop hit as André's "Hey Ya!". "The Way
You Move" supplanted "Hey Ya!" as the #1 song on the US pop charts, one of the few times in music history a group
has replaced itself at the top of the charts. The second single from Big Boi's side of the album was "Ghetto
Musick", which featured both members of OutKast and a sample from Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need & Want You".
Currently, Big Boi and André are shooting a film about music in the depression-era South. It will premiere in 2006.
Big Boi also has plans in the works for a solo album under the moniker "Hot Tub Tony", and a group project
partnering him with Sleepy Brown. Also Big Boi is set to release his new album with the Purple Ribbon All-Stars.
The group is a collective of Dungeon Family artists. The album will be called Got Purp? Vol 2 and be released on
Purple Ribbon Records, the new name of Aquemini Records since André left. The first single off the album will be
"Kryptonite" Big Boi is a noted fan of the uniquely original English singer Kate Bush and has frequently expressed
a wish to work with her.