During the chat, the pair discussed their fandom of Khujo, who Big Boi even referred to as the “most feared” during OutKast and Goodie Mob’s recording sessions back in the day.
When JID spoke about his love for Khujo’s verse on OutKast’s 1998 Aquemini cut “Y’all Scared” — particularly the lines, “Heat’ll make anything move/ Even Tyson, can get laid down, with this tool” — Big Boi revealed the boxing legend once stepped to his Dungeon Family relative over his lyrics.
“Man, let me tell you, Tyson walked upon Khujo at the BET Awards or some award show,” the 48-year-old recalled. “Tyson got a lot more fights, but Khujo ain’t back down or nothin.’ He was just like, ‘Yea foo, yea foo,’ y’know what I’m sayin’? And Mike Tyson was like, ‘You had said something about me?’”
Watch Big Boi tell the story at the 9:16 mark below:
Goodie Mob have often been cited as one of the most instrumental forces in the South. Earlier this year, group member CeeLo Green even went so far as to credit them for the “rise and reign of Southern Hip Hop.”
“I think that’s definitely our contribution to the culture and to community — being able to spearhead and set into motion the rise and reign of Southern Hip Hop,” he told AllHipHop. “We fought those first wars, and we fought for the civil rights and the equality of Hip Hop. And with that equality, we gave the sentiment and the sound a certain kind of quality.”
He continued: “There was an accountability here of where we wanted to do it pridefully, effectively and successfully. It was very important to have integrity as a curriculum as we taught it to be as it flowed through and was passed down as an inheritance to the ones who wave that banner today.”
Goodie Mob released their debut album Soul Food in 1995, which not only spawned the hit “Cell Therapy” but helped popularize the term “Dirty South.”
The project cracked the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in less than a year. This happened during a time when Southern Hip Hop was still largely dismissed by East Coast and West Coast audiences.