Antwan André Patton (born February 1, 1975), better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is best known for being a member of the southern hip hop duo Outkast alongside André 3000. Big Boi's solo debut album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was released in July 2010 to critical acclaim. He released his second studio album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors in 2012. Boomiverse, his third studio album, was released in June 2017.
|Birth name||Antwan André Patton|
|Born||February 1, 1975|
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
Patton was born and spent the first half of his childhood in Savannah, Georgia, attending Herschel V. Jenkins High School, before moving to Atlanta with his aunt Renee. He decided to pursue his interest in music at Tri-Cities High School, a visual and performing arts magnet school.
After four successful albums, Big Boi and André 3000 chose to make two solo albums, and release it as a double album under the Outkast name, as Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003; Big Boi recorded Speakerboxxx, André 3000 recorded The Love Below. Speakerboxxx featured a style similar to Outkast's previous efforts, while The Love Below explored a more offbeat territory, with André 3000 mainly singing rather than his usual rapping.
Big Boi released two of his songs as singles. "The Way You Move", featuring Sleepy Brown, was originally supported by urban radio, but crossed over to pop charts, where it supplanted André 3000's "Hey Ya!" as the #1 song. The second single from Big Boi was "Ghetto Musick", which featured both members of Outkast and a sample from Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need and Want You".
In November 2005, Big Boi released a mixtape/compilation album, Got Purp? Vol 2, in conjunction with the Purple Ribbon All-Stars through Purple Ribbon Records. The first single from the album was "Kryptonite", which reached 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Outkast was also featured on the song "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)", the first single from UGK's album Underground Kingz.
In 2007, after Idlewild, the sixth official OutKast duo album, Big Boi announced plans to release a proper solo album. Speakerboxxx had been seen by many as a solo album (and in fact it effectively was one), but it was still released under the OutKast name, which made Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty his first "full-fledged" solo album. The album's first promotional single, "Royal Flush", was released in 2007, and featured Raekwon and André 3000. Over the next few years the album was delayed many times, but multiple promotional and video singles were released, such as "Shine Blockas" (featuring Gucci Mane), "For Yo Sorrows" (featuring George Clinton and Too Short), and "General Patton" (featuring Big Rube). The first official single was "Shutterbugg", featuring Cutty, and the second was "Follow Us", featuring Vonnegutt. The album was formally released in July 2010. Guest artists included alternative urban singer Janelle Monáe, who went on to be a famed actor and entertainer in her own right, as well as T.I., B.o.B., and, on a hook, Big Boi's old Dungeon Family friend Khujo. Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was warmly received by most music critics, earning praise for its inventive sound, varied musical style, and Big Boi's lyricism.
In a July 2010 interview for The Village Voice, Big Boi revealed that he was working on the follow-up album to Sir Lucious Left Foot, entitled Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, stating that he was "maybe about six songs into it". It was released on November 13, 2012. The first single from the album was "Mama Told Me" featuring Kelly Rowland. The album featured guest appearances from ASAP Rocky, Ludacris, T.I., Little Dragon, Phantogram, Kelly Rowland and B.o.B.
Later in 2012, Big Boi revealed that he had written ten songs for his third studio album. He reiterated his plans for a new studio album in January 2014. He was featured on the Catch The Throne mixtape with the song "Mother of Dragons", it was released for free download on SoundCloud by HBO on March 7, 2014, to promote the fourth season of Game of Thrones.
On April 19, 2017, Big Boi revealed that his third studio album would be titled Boomiverse, and that two singles, "Mic Jack" featuring Adam Levine and "Kill Jill" featuring Killer Mike and Jeezy, would be released the following day.
In 2019, Big Boi performed at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show. Along with other performers, he was criticized for agreeing to participate despite the U.S. national anthem protests by Colin Kaepernick and others.
Big Boi appeared on Nick Cannon's Wild 'n Out Season 3 and Season 5 as a guest star, as well as guest starring and appearing as a musical guest on Chappelle's Show performing his song "The Rooster". In 2006, he branched into feature film acting, appearing in ATL and Idlewild, followed by a starring role in 2007's Who's Your Caddy? He appeared in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Wildlife", which aired November 18, 2008. Big Boi played hip hop artist Gots Money. Big Boi appeared in an episode of the horror anthology web television series Creepshow.
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. 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, as it was when the ballet created a live music/dance collaboration with the Indigo Girls.
Big Boi and his wife Sherlita Patton have one son and one daughter. He has another son from a previous relationship. His wife was co-owner with Tracy Valentine of a clothing boutique in Atlanta, Georgia called PValentine. The ties to Big Boi attracted many music artists and other celebrities to the store. It 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.
Big Boi is a registered Pit bull and French Bulldog breeder, and owns a 40-acre ranch outside of Atlanta he calls "the Ritz Carlton for Dogs." He is also the owner of 2 owls named Hootie and Hoodini.
In August 2011, Patton was returning from a cruise when a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement drug dog at the Port of Miami alerted officers. Patton was arrested and charged with illegal possession of the controlled substance MDMA powder and Viagra. Patton was released from the Miami-Dade County jail on a $16,000 bond.
In 2013, at the Summer Camp Music Festival, Big Boi was doing a performance where, when he did an air kick, hurt his knee on-stage. Doctors have determined that he tore his patella and did an operation to fix his knee. And after the surgery, he had to postpone several tour dates and promised he would be performing again in six weeks.
In 2009, together with Janice Faison Ahmed, Big Boi started Celebrity Trailers, an RV rental company created for professionals in the film, entertainment, and sports industries.
In 2018, he made appearance in Superfly as Mayor Atkins.
Politics and endorsementsEdit
In an interview with New York City's Hot 97, Big Boi stated that the day after the 2012 United States presidential election, a woman approached him at an airport and congratulated him on "his win last night" (referring to Barack Obama winning re-election), to which Big Boi responded, "Bitch, I voted for Gary Johnson." In a video interview with the HuffPost in January 2013, he confirmed his libertarian political ideologies.
In 2006, Big Boi founded the 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 Shephard Lester launched the Big Kidz Foundation in Savannah, Georgia. Lester also started the Rene Patton Scholarship named after Big Boi's late aunt and the "Saving Lives through the Arts Campaign.""
In 2010, Big Boi launched his custom Chuck Taylor sneakers with Converse. The shoes feature the title of his Def Jam solo album debut: Sir Lucious Left Foot on the left, and Son of Chico Dusty on the right. His Big Boi logo is featured on the tongue of the shoe.
|2007||Who's Your Caddy?||Christopher "C-Note" Hawkins|
|2017||Baby Driver||Restaurant Patron #1|
|2006||King of the Hill||Reverend Nealy (voice)||Episode: "Church Hopping"|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Gots Money||Episode: "Wildlife"|
|2010||Freaknik: The Musical||The Preacher||Television film|
|2011||The Cookout 2||Peanut||Television film|
|2012||The Playlist||Remix Victim – ScreenWerks||Episode: "Instruments of Destruction"|
|2012||Single Ladies||Himself||Episode: "Slave to Love"|
|2017||Star||Himself||Episode: "Next of Kin"|
|2017||Animals||Fox 2||Episode: "Pigeons"|
|2019||The Bobby DeBarge Story||Berry Gordy||Television film|
|2019||Scream||Police Officer||2 episodes|
|2019||Creepshow||Pawnbroker||Episode: "All Hallow's Eve/The Man in the Suitcase"|
|2020||Celebrity Family Feud||Himself||Season premiere|
|2007||Def Jam: Icon||Himself (voice)|
|2013||Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel||Charles "Chuy" Rendall (voice)|
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