5 Questions With ... Big Boi
Six-time GRAMMY-winning artist Big Boi recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., for an installment of 5 Questions With ... . Topics of discussion included his songwriting and creative processes, music mentoring, the benefits of Academy membership, current projects, and more.
"The songwriting process I've used for the past couple of records, I like to call it lyrical surgery," said Big Boi. "I sit in a room with a beat for days at a time, and as the lines come to me I write them and go and [record] them a line at a time. Sometimes it takes a day, sometimes it takes a couple hours, sometimes it might take a couple of weeks. I've found [I'm] very prolific doing it that way because [I'm] paying attention to every little detail."
Born Antwan André Patton in Savannah, Ga., Big Boi moved to Atlanta where he met future musical partner André Benjamin (aka André 3000) while attending high school. The duo united as OutKast and signed with LaFace Records, releasing their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, in 1994. The album hit No. 20 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the Top 40 hit "Player's Ball." OutKast's unique blending of Southern soul, rap and funk elements on subsequent albums catapulted their rise as leaders of the emerging Atlanta hip-hop scene. In 2000 OutKast released their fourth album, Stankonia, which garnered the duo their first two GRAMMY wins for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Ms. Jackson." Two years later, they collected three statues, including the coveted Album Of The Year for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Outside of OutKast, Big Boi has collaborated on songs with fellow GRAMMY winners such as Beyoncé, Missy Elliott and Jay-Z, among others. He released his first solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty, in 2010.
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