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PepsiCo’s Champion the Dream award. Just before Big Boi heads towards the exit, the rapper responsible for , Big Boi has proactively utilized the fruits of his labors to improve the quality of life for young Big Boi ) shares minimal details about the highly-anticipated project. “It’s coming,” Big Boi declares 24 INTERVIEW: The Evolution & Ubiquity of Big Boi – Musician, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist “You just gotta keep your eyes peeled. I’m everywhere, man.” A pressed-for-time Antwan “Big Boi” Patton Williams/ATLPics.Net A gracious yet husky-toned Big Boi says his crusade to open kids’ eyes to new
Happy Birthday to Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, Born February 1, 1975
Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Big Boi’s musical legacy and share your personal memories of him with us in the comments below! Born: February 1, 1975 Biography: Outside his primary roles as André 3000's partner in OutKast and as one of the central members of the Dungeon Family, Big Boi (born Antwan André Patton) appeared on tracks by Missy Elliott ("All N My Grill"), Trick Daddy ("In da Wind"), Jay-Z ("Poppin' Tags"), Killer Mike ("A.D.I.D.A.S."), Beyoncé ("Hip Hop Star"), Brooke Valentine ("Girlfight"), Sleepy Brown ("Margarita"), and Fantasia ("Hood Boy"). As a solo artist, the MC had a minor hit in 2005 with "Kryptonite (I'm on It)," one of the year's best rap singles; it was the lead single from the officially released showcase for his Purple Ribbon label, the eclectic Got Purp?, Vol. 2, which featured the likes of Killer Mike and Sleepy Brown, as well as protégé Janelle Monáe. Also involved in film (ATL, OutKast's Idlewild, Who's Your Caddy?) and even the stage (he worked with the Atlanta Ballet in 2008), Big Boi prepped his first solo album, the loose and rollicking Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son of Chico Dusty, which was released on Def Jam in July 2010. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, issued in December 2012, was just as packed with guest appearances but extended far beyond the realm of rap to involve the likes of Little Dragon, Wavves, and Phantogram. [Source: AllMusic] Discography: AllMusic | Amazon | iTunes Watch: Official VEVO/YouTube Page (Big Boi) | Official VEVO/YouTube Page (OutKast) Discover/Stream: Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Big Boi’s musical legacy and share your personal memories of him with us. Big Boi Happy Birthday to Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, Born February 1, 1975
TRAILER: ‘The Art of Organized Noize’ Documentary Celebrates Sonic Pioneers of Southern Hip-Hop
“The South got somethin’ to say.” These are the memorably prescient words that Andre 3000 uttered as he and his brother-in-rhyme Big Boi accepted OutKast’s Best New Artist trophy at the The Source Awards in the summer of 1995, on the strength of their masterful debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. The five years that followed proved that his declaration was spot-on, as the South did indeed rise to assume a more prominent role in the traditionally bicoastal hip-hop landscape by the end of the 20th century. But while OutKast and their Atlanta brethren Goodie Mob became the recognizable faces and voices of the ascendant Atlanta hip-hop movement, three gentlemen behind the scenes – or rather, behind the boards – played the most instrumental role in defining and elevating the city’s southern-fried sound. Comprised of Sleepy Brown, Ray Murray and Rico Wade, Organized Noize is the revered, yet all-too-often overlooked, production team whose immersive soul and funk drenched arrangements and Dungeon Family aesthetic blessed some of the greatest records – hip-hop, pop or otherwise – ever to emerge from the South. Beyond orchestrating Southernplayalistic and Goodie Mob’s classic first LP Soul Food, Organized Noize lended their inventive sonic wizardry to hit records such as TLC’s “Waterfalls,” OutKast’s “So Fresh, So Clean,” En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go (Love),” and Ludacris’ “Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!),” among many others. Premiering next month at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin before its Netflix launch on March 22nd, the new documentary film “The Art of Organized Noize” aims to solidify the threesome’s indelible musical legacy for generations to come. Produced by Quincy Jones III (a.k.a. QDIII) and executive produced by Queen Latifah through her Flavor Unit Entertainment production company, the film delves deep into the trio’s history and explores the inspirations behind their distinctive sound. In addition to capturing insights delivered from Organized Noize themselves, the documentary features interviews with 2 Chainz, Andre 3000, Big Boi, Big Gipp, CeeLo, Future, Joi, LA Reid, Ludacris, Puff Daddy, Pebbles, and more. Watch the film’s trailer below, and then enjoy a handful of video clips culled from Organized Noize’s prolific production repertoire. WATCH:
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of OutKast’s ‘ATLiens’
and Big Boi’s pensive verses, it’s a stunning song that demands repeated listens. Although OutKast one you listen to without skipping forward or winding through anything,” Big Boi told Vibe magazine Happy 20th Anniversary to OutKast’s ATLiens, originally released August 27, 1996. [Buy OutKast’s ATLiens via Amazon or iTunes | Stream Below] “We make timeless classics, whether it’s ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,’ ‘ATLiens,’ ‘Aquemini,’ ‘Stankonia’ or whatever it is. We put it out, and that shit still stands the test of time. You can pop that shit in right now and still knock it. We take pride in doing that. There’s no expiration date with our music.” Big Boi’s declaration to XXL magazine a few years ago could not be more spot-on. OutKast has indeed made multiple timeless classics, a handful of which rank among the greatest albums in hip-hop’s rich forty-plus year history. But, for better or worse, over the years I’ve observed three distinct camps of OutKast fans. First, you have the relatively naïve and uninformed masses that latched on to the group only upon hearing (or being force-fed, depending on your perspective) the admittedly addictive “Hey Ya!,” their most successful single to date and the driving force behind their 2003 double-album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Second, you have those who formally embraced André "André 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton with the release of their kaleidoscopic fourth long player Stankonia (2000), an experimental song suite that features the unforgettable singles “Ms. Jackson” and “So Fresh, So Clean.” And third, you have the diehard loyalists who have sworn their devotion to the Atlanta-bred duo since our ears were first treated to the Organized Noize-orchestrated, southern-fried funk brilliance of “Player’s Ball,” the duo’s debut single released in the fall of 1993. For us, their first three albums—Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994), ATLiens (1996), and Aquemini (1998)—are unparalleled genius, contenders for the greatest back-to-back-to-back trifecta of hip-hop albums ever made, along with the first three released by their iconic East Coast peers, Eric B. & Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, and De La Soul. More importantly, OutKast’s early work placed the American South squarely and inextricably on the hip-hop map, proving that the genre was not destined to be exclusively bicoastal forever. Beyond their music, the group’s bravado and pride played no small part in convincing people to redefine the geographic boundaries of hip-hop. Some may recall the infamous events of August 3, 1995, the day that The Source held its annual awards ceremony at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The tension-filled event represented a tipping point in hip-hop’s ill-fated but relatively short-lived East Coast versus West Coast feud of the mid-90s, with Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and Bad Boy Records founder Sean “Puffy” Combs grandstanding on stage, while exchanging off-handed jabs directed toward each other’s reputations and respective stomping grounds. One moment from that evening that you may not remember as vividly is what happened to OutKast when they were named Best New Artist, an honor they rightfully deserved based on the groundbreaking Southernplayalistic. Upon ascending to the podium to accept their award, and with the show already devolving into the absurd, André and Big Boi were welcomed by a cacophony of boos and hisses from the restless audience. To which André confidently replied “the south got something to say” and exited stage left. It was a prescient proclamation, as the South did indeed rise to assume a more prominent role in the traditionally bicoastal hip-hop landscape, as labels like No Limit, Cash Money and Suave House redefined and diversified the sound of southern rap. And as history has proven since, OutKast has definitely had the last laugh. Nearly thirteen months after their Source Awards triumph, OutKast put the action or challenge their credibility. As a result, André and Big Boi no longer feel completely the entirety of Southernplayalistic, ATLiens showcases André and Big Boi’s first foray into
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