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.
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."It's crazy to say now, but he's one of our best friends," Barthel admits."When Josh and I were growing up, we idolized Outkast and based our whole goal of innovative and fresh-sounding music [on them]. He's just a real person and a true friend." As the group gears up for the EP's release, Big Boi continues to work on his as-yet-untitled solo album "on a daily basis," but all involved hope this is the beginning of a longer working relationship.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."Me and [Killer] Mike were in the studio and Josh and Sarah came down and we were all just vibing out.The chemistry in the room, we just call it 'best friend shit' because it feels like we've been knowing each other forever." If the idea of an indie electronic-pop duo crashing at Big Boi's house seems strange, you're not alone."I switched gears after we came off the Outkast tour, like, ' Why don't we put the [collaborative] record together?' We started working on it and it was like, ' Holy shit.' Why don't we do this first?Another example is 2008's "Sumthin's Gotta Give" with Mary J.