ARTIST PROFILE

Big Boi

Name: Big Boi

Birthday: February 1, 1975

Fav Dish: Chicken Wings

Antwan André Patton (born February 1, 1975), better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer, best known for being a member of American hip hop duo Outkast alongside André 3000. His work in the duo has produced six studio albums. Big Boi’s solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was released in July 2010 to respectable sales and critical acclaim. In 2012, he released his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.

After four increasingly successful albums as a duo, the members of Outkast chose to make two solo albums, and release them as a double album under the Outkast name. André 3000 released The Love Below and Big Boi Speakerboxxx. The two albums were packaged together as Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003. Speakerboxxx featured a style similar to Outkast’s previous efforts, while The Love Below explored more offbeat territory, with André 3000 mainly singing rather than his usual rapping. One song from each album was released in September 2003 as a single.

Patton’s choice was the 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 Benjamin’s “Hey Ya!”. “The Way You Move” supplanted “Hey Ya!” as the #1 song on the US pop 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 and Want You”.

In 2005, Big Boi released a mixtape/compilation album, Got Purp? Vol 2, in conjunction with the Purple Ribbon All-Stars on November 22 through Purple Ribbon Records; Aquemeni Records had become defunct after Benjamin left the company. The first single from the album was “Kryptonite”, which reached 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Patton was also featured on the song “International Players Anthem (I Choose You)”, the first single from UGK’s album Underground Kingz.

On March 21, 2014, it was announced that Big Boi had signed a management deal with Jordan Feldstein’s Career Artist Management.

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