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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Outkast's Big Boi

Posted by Amoebite, November 28, 2017 12:09pm | Post a Comment

Big Boi (Outkast) What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Hip hop artist, actor and producer Big Boi stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently and went shopping for records by some of his favorite artists, including British art-rock/singer/songwriter, Kate Bush. Though he found several limited edition Kate Bush LPs, he was especially drawn to the deluxe edition of Before The Dawn, a four-disc live album from her monumental residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo, which Big Boi himself attended. "It was one of the greatest concerts," he told us. "It's not even a concert. I would say it was a presentation of excellence." Quite a statement coming from someone as acclaimed as Big Boi, who was more than happy to share memories and anecdotes about the influence each record had on him.

Big Boi Boomiverse

Antwan André Patton (aka Big Boi) is known for his solo work as well as his role in the critically-acclaimed hip-hop group Outkast. Formed in 1991 while he and co-founder André 3000 were still in school together at the Atlanta-area Tri-Cities High School, Outkast burst onto the scene with their first single, "Player's Ball," in 1993. The single shot to #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. Their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, was certified platinum. The duo continued to rack up the hits, with chart-topping, much-hyped albums ATLiens(1996), Aquemini (1998), and Stankonia (2000). The group's 2003 release, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, was a double LP featuring the solo work of each artist: Big Boi's Speakerboxxx is Southern rap while André 3000's The Love Below is a mesh of psychedelia, funk, electro, and jazz. The pair joined forces once again for 2006's Idlewild, a soundtrack of sorts to the group's film of the same name, in which they both star.

After the release of Speakerboxxx, Big Boi began writing more solo work, starting with the eagerly anticipated Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty in 2010. Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors hit stores in 2012 and Big Boi teamed up with indie electronica group Phantogram for 2015's Big Grams. His third studio release, Boomiverse (2017), features collaborations from Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Jeezy, Killer Mike, Gucci Mane, and Curren$y.

In this "What's In My Bag?" episode, Big Boi was feeling the funk! He picked up two Funkadelic vinyl reissues, including Cosmic Slop, which he called "funk personified," and Maggot Brain, whose title track is one of his "favorite songs of all time." Essentially a ten minute soulful guitar solo, the song brings out immense emotion in Big Boi and he shared a story about utilizing that emotional response in his acting. He also grabbed two Michael Jackson albums, calling his 1991 LP Dangerous "one of the greatest albums of all time." 

But who is Big Boi's second favorite artist of all time? You'll have to watch the video below to find out:

Big Boi (Outkast) - What's In My Bag?
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