PROFILE
Name:
Big Boi
Birth Date:
February 1, 1975
Birth Place:
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Height:
5' 7" (1.70 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Member of Outkast

Background:

American rapper, actor and record producer Big Boi, born Antwan André Patton, becomes famous as part of the Grammy Award winning hip hop duo Outkast along with André 3000. The group has released six successful studio albums and sold more than 23 million units in the U.S alone, with “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” (2003) marking the group's biggest commercial success so far. The album has been certified 11xplatinum by the RIAA. It also was the group's first chart topping album on the Billboard 200. “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” won the 2004 Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. Outkast also won Grammy Awards for the singles “Ms. Jackson” (2002) and “The Whole World” (2003) and the album “Stankonia” (2002). In 2010, Big Boi launched his first solo album, “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty,” which enjoyed respectable sales and critical acclaim. The lead single from the album, “Shutterbugg,” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2011. Big Boi has acted in such films as “Idlewild” (2006), “ATL” (2006), “Church Hopping” (2007), “How 2 Build a Rapper” (2008) and “The Cookout 2” (2011) as well as on episodes of “King of the Hill”(2006), “Girlfriends” (2007) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2008).

Outkast owned a record label called Purple Ribbon Records. It was formerly known as Aquemini Records (named after OutKast's 1998 album) until André 3000 lost interest and pursued acting. Big Boi has taken exclusive responsibility of the record label and its roster.

Big Boi has been married to wife Sherlita Patton since 2003. His wife co-owns a clothing boutique in Atlanta, GA called Pvalentine, along with Tracy Valentine. The high priced brands carried by the store and the link to Big Boi has attracted a number music artists and other celebrities to the store. Patton, who is known with the nicknames Daddy Fat Sacks, Luscious Left Foot, Daddy Fat Sax, General Patton, The Son of Chico Dusty, Sgt. Slaughter, Corporal Sticky-Pantzz, Chief, Billy Ocean, Hot Tub Tony and Francis the Savannah, owns and runs Pitfall Kennels in Fairburn, Georgia, in which he trains and sells many varieties of American Pitbull Terriers.

In August 2011, Big Boi was arrested for illegal possession of controlled substances Viagra, ecstasy pills and MDMA powder. He was later released on a $16,000 bail.


Tri-Cities HS

Childhood and Family:

Antwon Andre Patton, who would later be popular as Big Boi, was born on February 1, 1975, in Savannah, Georgia. He was educated at Herschel V. Jenkins High School before relocating to Atlanta with his aunt Aunt Renne. He finally decided to follow his interest in music at Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School located in East Point, Georgia, where he met future Outkast partner Andree 3000.

Mr. Patton was married to wife Sherlita on March 23, 2003. The couple have two children together, daughter Jordan and son Cross. Patton also has another son named Bamboo, from a previous relationship. Patton has four brothers and six sisters. His younger brother, James raps under the name Lil' Brotha and is a member of hip hop group Konkrete.


Shutterbugg

Career:

Meeting at Tri Cities High School in the early-1990s, Big Boi eventually teamed up with André 3000 to form the music duo OutKast. The group signed to LaFace Records in 1992, making Outkast the label's first hip hop act, and made their first appearance on the remix of labelmate TLC's “What About Your Friends” (1992). Outkast's debut album, “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,” was released on April 26, 1994 through LaFace. Produced by Organized Noize, the album reached No. 20 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, and went platinum later on April 5, 1995. The album produced three singles: “Player's Ball,” “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” and “Git Up, Git Out” (featuring Goodie Mob), which peaked at No. 12, No. 41 and No. 59 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, respectively, with the first two songs also charting on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 37 and No. 74, respectively.

After contributing to the “Higher Learning Soundtrack” (“Phobia”) and the popular “New Jersey Drive, Vol. 1 Soundtrack” (“Benz or a Beamer”) (both 1995), Big Boi and André 3000 returned with their sophomore effort, “ATLiens.” Released on August 27, 1996, the album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and sold almost 350,000 units in its first two weeks of release. It has since received double platinum certification from the RIAA. The album also became a chart topper at the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. The album's lead single, “Elevators (Me & You),” peaked No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and achieved a gold status. The song also reached No. 5 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 1 on the US Hot Rap Tracks chart. The follow up “ATLiens” reached No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Jazzy Belle” peaked at No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Outkast's third album “ Aquemini” was launched on September 29, 1998. The album peaked at No. 2 on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and went on to be certified double platinum by the RIAA. The first single “Rosa Parks” was a minor success on the Billboard Hot 100 by peaking at No. 55. It also reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group.

The fourth album “Stankonia” was released on October 31, 2000 to excellent reviews. Like “Aquemini,” the album also charted at No. 2 on both Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. It also enjoyed strong success in other countries such as the UK (#10), Canada (#4) and New Zealand (#17). “Stankonia” won a Grammy for Best Rap Album and was nominated for the Album of the Year category. It has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA. While the first single from the album “B.O.B.” failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and only reached No. 69 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Big Boi and his group mate scored huge success with the second single “Mr. Jackson.” The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot Rap Singles and the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs, and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group. It also was a chart topper in Netherlands, Germany Norway and Sweden, and peaked at No. 2 in the UK. The third and last single “So Fresh, So Clean” was a moderate success, reaching No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also charted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, No. 13 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles and No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart.

On December 4, 2001, Outkast released a first greatest hits album called “Big Boi and Dre Present...OutKast” on Arista Records. The album reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and has been certified platinum. A new track, “The Whole World” (featuring Killer Mike), was released as the first single from the album on November 27, 2001. The song peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and won a 2003 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group.

Outkast gained even bigger success with the release of the double album “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” (September 2003). The album earned broad acclaim from most music critic and became the duo's first chart topping album on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. It has achieved Diamond status in the US and double platinum in the UK. “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” won the Grammy Awards in the categories of Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for André 3000's No. 1 hit single “Hey Ya!.” Big Boi's single, “The Way You Move” (featuring Sleepy Brown) reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks. No. 2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and No. 7 on the UK Singles chart.

On August 22, 2006, Big Boi and André 3000 released the sixth studio album “Idlewild,” which also serves as the soundtrack album to the duo's musical film of the same name, released by Universal Pictures in August 2006. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and reached the top of both the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Billboard Top Rap Albums. It received platinum status in the US and gold in Canada. The album contained three Hot 100 singles : “Mighty O” (#77), “Morris Brown” (featuring Sleepy Brown and Scar) (#95) and “Idlewild Blue (Don'tchu Worry 'Bout Me)” (#100).

After “Idlewild,” Big Boi announced plans to release a full fledged solo album. The first promotional single of the album, “Royal Flush,” was released in 2007. Featuring André 3000 and Raekwon, the song peaked at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. It was followed by other singles like “Sumthin's Gotta Give” (featuring Mary J. Blige) (2008), which reached No. 83 on the same chart, “Ringtone” (2009) and “Shine Blockas” (featuring Gucci Mane).

After a string of postponements, Big Boi's solo album “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty” was eventually released on July 6, 2010 on Def Jam Records. The album earned general acclaim from music critics, and reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Billboard Rap Albums. The album's first single “Shutterbugg” (featuring Cutty) charted at No. 60 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 120 on the Billboard Hot 100. It enjoyed larger success in the UK, where the song charted at No. 13 on the country's R&B Singles and No. 31 on the Singles Chart. “Shutterbugg” was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The next single “Follow Us” (featuring Vonnegutt) peaked at No. 119 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The third single “You Ain't No DJ” (featuring Yelawolf) failed to enter any Billboard charts. Big Boi's second solo effort, “Daddy Fat Sax: Soul Funk Crusader,” is set to be released in 2012.

Big Boi also has been featured in other artists' singles. Along with Cool Breeze, he appeared in Goodie Mob's single “Dirty South” from Mob's 1995 album “Soul Food.” He also appeared in Slick Rick's “Street Talkin” (1999), Missy Elliott's “All N My Grill” (1999), Trick Daddy's “In da Wind (2002, with Cee-Lo), Killer Mike's “A.D.I.D.A.S.” (2002, with Sleepy Brown), Brooke Valentine's “Girlfight” (2005), Fantasia's “Hood Boy” (2006), Sleepy Brown's “Margarita” (2006, with Pharrell), Purple Ribbon All-Stars' “Kryptonite (I'm on It)” (2006) and Janelle Monáe's “Tightrope” (2010). He has contributed vocals to albums by YoungBloodz, Slimm Calhoun, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Bizarre, Carlos Santana and Gucci Mane, among other artist.

In addition to his appearance in Outkast's film, “Idlewild” (2006), Big Boi has taken other acting projects. He was cast as a drug dealer named Marcus in the 2006 drama “ATL,” the feature film directorial debut of music video director Chris Robinson. The film starred rap artist Clifford “T.I.” Harris. The same year, he also provided the voice of Reverend Nealey in an episode of “King of the Hill” called “Church Hopping.” In the following years, he starred as C-Note on the comedy film “Church Hopping” (2007), opposite Faizon Love, Jeffrey Jones and Terry Crews, co-starred with Johnpaul McLean and Jazze Pha in “How 2 Build a Rapper” (2008) and provided the voice of Preacher in the animated TV film “Freaknik: The Musical” (2010). He also guest starred in the television shows “Girlfriends” (2007) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2008). In 2011, Big Boi worked with Craig Bonaventura and Reggie Britt in the comedy film “The Cookout 2,” directed by Lance Rivera.


Awards:

  • Grammy: Album of the Year, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” 2004

  • Grammy: Best Urban/Alternative Performance, “Hey Ya!,” 2004

  • Grammy: Best Rap Album, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” 2004

  • Grammy: Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group, “The Whole World,” 2003

  • Grammy: Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group, “Ms. Jackson,” 2002

  • Grammy: Best Rap Album, “Stankonia,” 2002

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