Atlanta has undeniably been a trailblazer in the world of modern hip-hop, and at the forefront of this musical revolution is Big Boi, who has set the pace for the city’s vibrant hip-hop culture. If there were ever a “Rap Mount Rushmore,” Big Boi’s legacy as a prolific wordsmith, a funky maestro, and a true ATLien would guarantee his place among the genre’s greats. His influence is far-reaching, and his impact on the industry remains indelible even two decades after he first made his mark.
Big Boi is synonymous with the Dungeon Family and the iconic hip-hop duo OutKast, where he and André 3000 joined forces to create musical magic. OutKast sold a staggering 25 million albums and earned seven GRAMMY Awards. They made history as the first and only hip-hop artists to win the GRAMMY for “Album of the Year” for their 2003 RIAA Diamond-certified opus, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.”
Following this chapter, Big Boi embarked on an equally remarkable solo journey. In 2010, he introduced himself as a solo artist with “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.” This modern classic peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, earned a spot on numerous year-end lists from respected publications, and found its place on Pitchfork’s “100 Best Albums of the Decade ‘So Far’.” His solo momentum continued with “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” in 2012 and the 2015 collaboration with Phantogram, “Big Grams.”
However, it was in 2017 that Big Boi reached new heights with “Boomiverse.” The album featured hits like “All Night,” which Rolling Stone hailed as “the biggest hit of his solo career.” The track was even featured in an Apple Animoji commercial and became a radio sensation, amassing 40 million streams within a year. Big Boi performed the hit on numerous TV shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!
Beyond his musical endeavors, Big Boi played regular roles in BET’s “The Quad” and MTV’s “Scream,” as well as appearing in Lee Daniels’ FOX series “Star” and the 2018 film “Superfly.” He’s not just a musician; he’s an active member of his community and a dedicated humanitarian, having founded the Big Kidz Foundation, a nonprofit that positively impacts the lives of Atlanta’s youth. Moreover, his love for animals is evident in his care for owls and his beloved puppy.
In 2019, Big Boi took the stage at the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show alongside Maroon 5 and Travis Scott. He also released two new tracks, “Doin’ It” featuring Sleepy Brown and “Return of the Dope Boi” featuring Killer Mike and Backbone.
In essence, “Boomiverse” embodies Big Boi’s description of “another dimension of music,” and it continues his tradition of “doing things that have never been done before.” Big Boi remains an iconic figure in hip-hop, an influential mentor, and an artist who continues to push the boundaries of his craft.
Big Boi [of OutKast]
Step into the world of hip-hop legend Big Boi, one half of the iconic duo OutKast, as he brings his electrifying rhymes and genre-defying style to the stage. Prepare for a night of lyrical genius and unrelenting energy as Big Boi delivers a performance that’s as unforgettable as it is boundary-pushing.