One of the American south’s biggest ever rappers returns. Big Boi’s new album The Big Sleepover is launched subsequent month and to mark it, he can be answering Guardian readers’ questions concerning the document and anything in his lengthy profession, which you’ll be able to publish within the feedback part beneath.
The Big Sleepover pairs the Atlantan born Antwan Patton not together with his most well-known accomplice – André 3000 in Outkast – however one other longtime foil, the vocalist and producer Sleepy Brown. Their collaborations stretch again to the early days of Outkast, when Brown sang the refrain to their breakthrough 1993 hit Participant’s Ball. The monitor showcased what would turn into the signature Outkast sound, that will in flip affect a whole area: funk-driven, considerably psychedelic, generally laidback, however completely rooted within the crisp, alert percussion of hip-hop.
Throughout a run of really basic albums – Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, ATLiens, Aquemini and Stankonia – Big Boi and André 3000 turned rap’s defining double act, every matching the opposite for propulsive metre and satisfying rhyme schemes. The pair every went solo on the conjoined double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Under – which gained the 2004 Grammy for album of the yr, and featured the signature Big Boi and Sleepy Brown monitor, and US No 1 single, The Manner You Transfer – then teamed again up for the underrated album Idlewild (its Brown-enhanced single Morris Brown is a joyous gem).
Apart from a world tour in 2014, Outkast have been on hiatus since then, however Big Boi has launched three solo albums, interspersed with the occasional appearing function – the slapstick golf comedy Who’s Your Caddy? is, oddly sufficient, a favorite of Invoice Clinton’s.
Bringing his technical mastery and left-brained creativeness to business rap has resulted in among the style’s most distinctive hits over time: Ms Jackson, BOB, Rosa Parks and so many extra for Outkast, plus different collaborations together with UGK’s Worldwide Gamers 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 interval he mentioned was spent “sharpening our craft and spending time with the household and studying the right way to prepare dinner”, he created The Big Sleepover, which can be launched on 10 December. Post your questions about it and anything in his life and artistry within the feedback beneath, earlier than 6pm on Tuesday 30 November. We are going to publish his solutions on 3 December in print within the Movie & Music part, and in addition on-line.