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Big Boi

Big Boi performing in 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Background information
Birth name Antwan André Patton
Also known as Daddy Fat Sacks, General Patton, Sir Lucious L. Leftfoot, Billy Ocean, Hot Tub Tony, Francis the Savannah Chitlin' Pimp
Born February 1, 1975 (1975-02-01) (age 35)
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Savannah, Georgia, United States
Genres Southern hip hop, alternative hip hop, funk
Instruments Rapping, keyboards
Years active 1991–present
Labels LaFace/Jive
Associated acts Outkast, André 3000, Dungeon Family, Purple Ribbon All-Stars, Mary J.Blige, Chris Brown, Jay-Z, Gucci Mane, T.I.

Antwan André Patton (born February 1, 1975), better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, song-writer, record producer, actor, and one half of the alternative hip hop duo Outkast.


Early life and Outkast

Patton was born and spent the first half of his childhood in Savannah, Georgia, attending school before moving to Atlanta with his Aunt Renee to pursue his interest in music at Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School. He had a strong interest in hip hop music, and met André "3000" Benjamin while attending Tri Cities High School in the early-1990s. Originally Andre and Big Boi did not get along and considered each other "rivals".The two eventually joined forces as Outkast and signed with LaFace Records.

In contrast to his more sedate, philosophical partner, Patton's on-record persona enjoys partying. Patton has often used his lyrics to criticize the problems that plague both the African American community and the world. An example is 2003's "War", a scathing attack on the Bush administration and the War on Terror. Another example is 2008's "Sumthin's Gotta Give" with Mary J. Blige talking about the state of America and Barack Obama.

Solo work

In addition to his work on much Outkast and Dungeon Family-related material, Patton 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 2002 single "In Da Wind". He is also featured in "Hood Boy" by Fantasia Barrino.

After four increasingly successful albums as a duo, Benjamin decided to make a solo album as a side project (even though Big Boi was on some of The Love Below as Andre 3000 was on some songs in Speakerboxxx). Patton also produced a solo effort, and 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. 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 & Want You". Patton and Benjamin star in Idlewild, a film about music in the Depression-era South. It was released in August 2006. Patton also has plans in the works for a project partnering him with Sleepy Brown. He released a mixtape/compilation album, Got Purp? Vol 2, in conjunction with the Purple Ribbon All-Stars in November 2005 on Purple Ribbon Records; Aquemeni Records had become defunct after Benjamin left the company. The first single from the album was "Kryptonite", which cracked the Billboard Hot 100 and was a hit on hip-hop radio. Patton is also currently featured on the song "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)", which is the first single off of UGK's new album, Underground Kingz.


Solo album

Big Boi recently announced a solo album in the works, titled Sir Luscious Left Foot, will be released in 2010. Purportedly similar in sound to Speakerboxxx, it will feature production from André and longtime Dungeon Family production team Organized Noize.[1] He mentioned that he has 9 out of 12 planned tracks made already, and had also planned to release a single by New Year's Eve.[2][3] [4]However, It was not released on the announced date.

On March 20, a song from Big Boi's solo album leaked to the Internet. Titled Royal Flush, it features Andre 3000 and Raekwon. [5] The song features a small sample from The Isley Brothers tune Voyage to Atlantis in between each verse, from the three rappers. In August, Big Boi announced an October 28, 2008 release date for "Sir Luscious Leftfoot Saves the Day". He later announced at VH1’s Hip Hop Hop Honors on October 5th, that the album is "done and it should be coming out at the top of the year". Big Boi then went on to announce what the future holds for him and his Outkast partner, “After I drop Sir Luscious Left Foot and Andre puts out his solo record, we’re going to hit the fans with another Outkast album, so you might get all three next year."[6]

On July 17 2009, Big Boi revealed in an interview with Eye Weekly that he was leaving LaFace/Jive and signing to Def Jam, where the album will finally be released. [7]

On October 29 2009 Big Boi metioned in an interview with "The Chad Dukes RodKast in HD" that he was going to go to another label, but he got a call from the head of Jive Records and after hearing the album he made Big Boi an offer he could not refuse. [8]

Multidisciplinary collaborations

In 2008, Big Boi began a collaboration on a new show with the Atlanta Ballet. The show, entitled big, premiered at the Fox Theater in Atlanta April 10-13, 2008.[9] The show was performed by Atlanta Ballet dancers, local youth and talent, as choreographed by Lauri Stallings. Music may be performed live onstage during the performance[10], as it was when the ballet created a live music/dance collaboration with the Indigo Girls.[11]

Acting and personal life

Big Boi performing in 2009 in Columbia, Maryland.

Patton is married to Sherlita Patton, with whom he has two children: daughter Jordan and son Cross. His second child, a son named Bamboo, is from another relationship. Numerous references to the Patton family are present in Big Boi's rhymes. His younger brother James raps under the name "Lil' Brotha", and is a member of hip-hop group Konkrete, while an 'Uncle Darnell' is supposedly 'locked up in prison'. His other brothers, Marcus and Jason, also make their way onto some songs as well. He is related to Trey Morrel.

His wife is also the co-owner of a clothing boutique in Atlanta, Georgia called PValentine. She co-owns the store with Tracy Valentine. The expensive brands carried by the store and the tie to Big Boi attract many music artists and other celebrities to the store. The store was featured on an episode of MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" when R&B artist Chris Brown went for a birthday gift from Big Boi. He is also a registered pit bull breeder.

In 2006, Big Boi founded the [12]Big Kidz Foundation a nonprofit organization to help youth in Atlanta. The Foundation's mission is to provide culturally diverse experiences in the field of humanities while helping create socially-conscious youth. In January 2010, Big Boi and the Executive Director, Jennifer Lester launched the Big Kidz Foundation in Savannah, Georgia.

Big Boi also appeared on Nick Cannon's Wild 'n Out Season 3 as one of the many guest stars, as well as guest starring and appearing as a musical guest on Chappelle's Show performing his song "The Rooster." Besides Idlewild he is currently reaching more into acting, having appeared in T.I.'s film ATL, Outkast's film Idlewild and starring in the recently released Who's Your Caddy?.

He sometimes refers to, or credits, himself as "Daddy Fat Sacks," which is a term referring to a drug dealer or banker, in such songs as "ATLiens", "Walk It Out", "I'm So Hood (remix)" and "Morris Brown"

Big Boi is a playable character in the Def Jam: Icon videogame.

Big Boi has officially dropped his rivalry with former employee, Killer Mike, which had gone on for 3 years.[13]

He has recently been seen in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Wildlife" The episode aired November 18, 2008 and Big Boi played Hip Hop artist,"Got$ Money."


  • 2010: Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty



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