Atlanta, Georgia native Big Boi recently served as a brand ambassador for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. After he hopped off stage, Complex News sat down with the one half of OutKast and talked about what’s been up.
After discussing his recent performance with Andre 3000 at Coachella, Big Boi took a little shot at rappers who rap over their own vocals during live performances.
“This new thing going on with rappers these days, how do you allow them to rap over the words?” Big Boi said. “Like, what part of the game is that. Ya’ll don’t care? It’s crazy, I don’t understand that. If you an emcee, rapping over the words, like, nigga we hear you in the background [laughs].”
“It’s cool man ’cause everybody’s influenced by somebody,” Big Boi replied. “It’s a lot of artists out there that I hear bits and pieces of Three Stacks, Daddy Fat Sax but we were influenced by people just like new artists are influenced by us. It’s just where you going to take it, that’s what it’s all about. Originality is key, you can be most influenced by somebody but then you got to take it and you got to grow.”
Finally, Big Boi was asked whether he thought he was slept on or not, to which he replied he believes some people don’t understand the content of his lyrics and says he’s perfectly fine with that.
Big Boi and Andre 3000 have been on tour for their OutKast reunion in an all festival line-up.