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OutKast's "The Way You Move" ReImagined By Big Boi
GRAMMY-winning rapper Big Boi — one-half of the six-time GRAMMY-winning duo OutKast — recently performed a new cover of OutKast's smash hit "The Way You Move," featuring guest vocals by Sleepy Brown, for an installment of The Recording Academy's ReImagined series at Smidi Music in Venice, Calif. Linking GRAMMY history with current music makers, ReImagined is a performance-based series featuring artists interpreting an iconic GRAMMY-winning song and performances of original music.
"The Way You Move" is one of two chart-topping hits featured on OutKast's 2003 double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. The track helped push Speakerboxxx/The Love Below to the top of the Billboard 200 and garner OutKast three GRAMMYs, including Album Of The Year, at the 46th GRAMMY Awards in 2004. In addition to "The Way You Move," Big Boi performed "Apple Of My Eye" and "Tremendous Damage" from his 2012 solo album, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors.
"One of the highlights of my career was performing ['The Way You Move'] on the GRAMMYs the year that we won Album Of The Year," said Big Boi on choosing the song for his ReImagined performance.
Born Antwan André Patton in Savannah, Ga., Big Boi moved to Atlanta where he met André Benjamin (aka André 3000) while attending high school. The duo formed 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 blend of Southern soul, rap and funk elements on subsequent albums — ATLiens (1996, No. 2) and Aquemini (1998, No. 2) — catapulted their rise as leaders of the emerging Atlanta hip-hop scene. In 2000 they released Stankonia, which reached No. 2 and garnered the duo their first two GRAMMY wins for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Ms. Jackson" at the 44th GRAMMY Awards in 2002. Two years later, they collected three statues for the acclaimed No. 1 album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
In 2010 Big Boi released his first solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty. The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and garnered the rapper a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Shutterbugg," which features singer Cutty Cartel. Released in December 2012, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors cracked the Top 40, featuring collaborations with GRAMMY winners such as Kid Cudi, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, and T.I., among others.