Post your questions for Big Boi from Outkast | Music


One of the American south’s greatest ever rappers returns. Big Boi’s new album The Big Sleepover is released next month and to mark it, he will be answering Guardian readers’ questions about the record and anything else in his long career, which you can post in the comments section below.

The Big Sleepover pairs the Atlantan born Antwan Patton not with his most famous partner – André 3000 in Outkast – but another longtime foil, the vocalist and producer Sleepy Brown. Their collaborations stretch back to the early days of Outkast, when Brown sang the chorus to their breakthrough 1993 hit Player’s Ball. The track showcased what would become the signature Outkast sound, that would in turn influence an entire region: funk-driven, somewhat psychedelic, sometimes laidback, but absolutely rooted in the crisp, alert percussion of hip-hop.

Sleepy Brown and Big Boi perform on The Jimmy Fallon Show earlier this month. Photograph: Banky Images/NBCU

Across a run of truly classic albums – Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, ATLiens, Aquemini and Stankonia – Big Boi and André 3000 became rap’s defining double act, each matching the other for propulsive metre and satisfying rhyme schemes. The pair each went solo on the conjoined double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below – which won the 2004 Grammy for album of the year, and featured the signature Big Boi and Sleepy Brown track, and US No 1 single, The Way You Move – then teamed back up for the underrated album Idlewild (its Brown-enhanced single Morris Brown is a joyous gem).

Aside from a world tour in 2014, Outkast have been on hiatus since then, but Big Boi has released three solo albums, interspersed with the occasional acting role – the slapstick golf comedy Who’s Your Caddy? is, oddly enough, a favourite of Bill Clinton’s.

Bringing his technical mastery and left-brained imagination to commercial rap has resulted in some of the genre’s most distinctive hits over the years: Ms Jackson, BOB, Rosa Parks and so many more for Outkast, plus other collaborations including UGK’s International Players Anthem, Missy Elliott’s All N My Grill, Killer Mike’s ADIDAS, and tracks with Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe, George Clinton and Gucci Mane.

After a pandemic period he said was spent “sharpening our craft and spending time with the family and learning how to cook”, he created The Big Sleepover, which will be released on 10 December. Post your questions about it and anything else in his life and artistry in the comments below, before 6pm on Tuesday 30 November. We will publish his answers on 3 December in print in the Film & Music section, and also online.



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