Big Boi
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"Antwan André Patton", better known by his stage name "Big Boi", is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor, best known for being a member of American hip hop music/hip hop duo OutKast alongside André 3000. His work in the duo has produced six studio albums. Big Boi's solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was released in July 2010 to respectable sales and critical acclaim. In 2012, he released his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.

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People been saying 'musical,' ... It's not like [in the movie] I'm talking and then start singing; it's a film with musical parts in it. It has brand-new Outkast songs, and it also has music from the Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below album incorporated into it as well. [The film] comes out anywhere between November and January.

[It influenced the music] in our own little way, just with the Ragtime feel. It's Hip-Hop. It's OutKast. It is what we've been doing for years. Some songs have a little more piano or whatever, but the whole project was a natural progression from a double CD. It was like, where do we go from here?,

It's not like every song is about the movie. The movie is based on relationships: with your family, the most high, your business relationships. The album is about everything, not just relationships.

I called Jermaine [Dupri, artist/producer and head of black music at Virgin], and it was on.

It took me weeks to finish my part on the song. The track has been around for a minute. It used to be, like, a rock track — Dre flipped the track to make it more Dirty South.

It's cool to have somebody that you know sitting in a power position. ... He can make things happen in a timely fashion just by pushing buttons and that's what I've been waiting for.

[Referring to his successful Atlanta-based dog breeding business, Big Boi explained the name of the label:] My 'Purple Ribbon' dogs have a strong blood line that goes back three generations. I want to put out potent funk music. Purple Ribbon is gonna be so strong you can smell it. ... This is a Big Boi thang, not an OutKast thang. I'm doing films, but music is my first love.