Big Boi on the possibility of releasing new music from Outkast: “Ask and you will receive”
The more we think about the rise of hip hop culture, the more we appreciate the game’s OGs. Everyone from Tupac and Biggie to 50 Cent and Eminem deserves their flowers, but no rap duo has the respect of the Atlanta’s own Outkast. Insert Big Boi, better known as half the band alongside Andre 3000, who forever changed the trajectory of hip hop.
Considered one of the most influential bands of all time, Outkast has turned music lovers around the world into fans. Best known for their intricate lyrics, catchy hooks and melodies, and positive life messages, the duo have unleashed endless records that stand the test of time. Most recently, Outkast released an animated video for “Two Dope Boyz (in a Cadillac)” just before celebrating their album’s 25th anniversary, ATlinks.
As a solo artist, Big Boi is focusing on his upcoming album titled Big sleep over alongside Sleepy Brown. REVOLT caught up with them both on the Heineken Green Carpet while headlining the MLS All-Star Concert at The Touch at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Read below to see Big Boi discuss his love for football, his next project, the Dungeon Family House on Airbnb, and more!
You are an Atlanta United fan. How did you get interested in football?
Grand Boi: My children played soccer when they were little, so as a soccer father. Afterwards, it progressed.
What does it mean to be the headliner of the MLS All-Star Concert?
Grand Boi: That’s a great man. We did football, basketball, we just did the hockey thing. Now with football we are killing all sports. We are in high demand, you know what I mean? What do we do!
Your shows are so bright. What’s your favorite song to perform?
Grand Boi: At the present time? It should always be “The way you move”. We also have a new album coming out, so we played it here as well.
What can we expect from Big sleep over project?
Sleeping brown: A little love and a little hip hop (laughs).
Grand Boi: A little bit of everything.
Who is on the album?
Grand Boi: Killer Mike on other stuff, then Killer Mike on other songs.
Sleeping brown: We have an artist called Kay-I on “The Big Sleep is Over”.
What was the inspiration behind the animated video?
Grand Boi: Shit, high. High as a bird. High with my man Trevor.
Is that your owl?
Grand Boi: Yes.
How does it feel to have a pet owl?
Grand Boi: It’s okay, I’m an animal lover, man. It’s Hootie, it’s a Eurasion eagle owl. She is a rescue.
Are they really nocturnal?
Grand Boi: Yeah. She also wakes up during the day (laughs).
Talk about putting the Dungeon Family House on Airbnb. How did the fans react?
Grand Boi: Oh it’s stuck. We did a little test with Airbnb. Three guests were there, they recorded great music. It’s about to go up again in a few weeks.
Grand Boi: I don’t know, it’s going to cost anyway. We have to keep the raff riff out.
What does it mean to be a Black man in america today?
Grand Boi: A blessing to be alive.
Sleeping Brown: A blessing to be alive! It really is.
I know it’s been asked a million times … will we see new ones OutKast Music?
Grand Boi: You must speak to the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him. Ask and you will receive.
Which artists are you listening to now?
Grand Boi: I listen to a lot of reggae. Lots of Bob Marley, Kate Bush. I keep my iPod on shuffle, my phone on shuffle.
What are you most excited about as the world semi-final begins to open?
Grand Boi: This Big sleep over album! We outchea.