It’s hard to imagine anyone not appreciating the collective genius of Outkast. After all, Big Boi and André 3000 redefined what Southern Hip Hop could sound like with their 1994 debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and subsequent albums such as 1996 ATLiens and 1998’s Aquemini.
While all three of those projects saw success on the Billboard charts, the duo’s fourth studio album, 2000’s Stankonia, reached a whole other level when the single “Ms. Jackson” landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, opening them up to a wider audience.
With the momentum propelling them to even greater heights, Outkast’s 2003 double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below became their first album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was ultimately certified 11x-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) thanks to singles such as “Roses,” “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move.”
In the course of a decade, Big Boi and André 3000 undeniably proved they were a winning formula. Although they haven’t released an album as a duo in 15 years, Outkast still manages to regularly trend on Twitter.
On Tuesday (May 4), Outkast was again a topic of conversation after someone posed the question, “Has anyone ever washed Andre 3000 on a song? Because … I haven’t heard such a song.”
Twitter soon exploded with at least one obvious answer to the proposed question — Big Boi. Tweet after tweet celebrated Daddy Fat Sax’s innate rapping abilities, while simultaneously defending him.
In a 2017 interview with GQ Style, even André 3000 admitted, “Big Boi can rap better than me — I always said that. If somebody said, ‘Pick who you want from Outkast to go to battle with you,’ it wouldn’t be me. ‘Cause like, what I’ma do? Say some mind shit? You can’t have thoughts in a battle — nobody gives a shit about that.”
Even so, the Big Boi slander was flowing. Check out some of the reactions below.
— Irv Thottie (@datboy_woo) May 4, 2021
How do people hate on someone who can go toe to toe with Andre 3000? Big Boi is so underrated man🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/uGdjorYIoq
— Makaveli Intern (@goatedreplies) May 4, 2021
Big Boi gotta be the most looked over and disrespected rapper of all-time.
He was 50% of Outkast.
Try opening your ears, the guy was smooth AF and raps his ass off. https://t.co/QIls0sG7d7
— Jhobbs (@JJHobbs12) May 4, 2021
Big Boi done cleaned him up a plethora of times lmao https://t.co/mpTZeJF3P7
— slam dunk wingz (@KantBanRich) May 4, 2021
How you gonna fancy yourself as an OutKast fan but show Big Boi so much disrespect?! pic.twitter.com/Asi5t60UyY
— Shamar English (@english_shamar) May 4, 2021
Begging y’all to stop disrespecting Big Boi like he was a bum getting carried by Andre 3000 pic.twitter.com/CvNkXEqU5B
— 18x National Champions (@TideSZN) May 4, 2021
If yall say big boi cant rap or 3k carried outkast, just van gogh urself on both sides cuz U dont need those.
— angel haze, barz 4 days (@AngelHaze) May 4, 2021
The reason Outkast is the greatest rap group ever? Andre 3000 is one of the greatest rappers of all time and also Big Boi is one of the greatest rappers of all time. (Also they had some of the greatest production of all time.)
— Jesse Thorn (@JesseThorn) May 4, 2021
Oh so y'all got Big Boi trending for all the wrong reasons I see. Why folks so damn hellbent on separating them? Yeen gone have 3 Stacks without Big Boi. I don't understand, shawty.
"It's HIM AND I, Aquemini." pic.twitter.com/0STbvhWEQr
— Regina N. Bradley, Ph.D. (@redclayscholar) May 4, 2021
🗣 No Big Boi slander will be tolerated! That’s just how we kicking it! Y’all “Hey Ya” Outkast fans trying to write off Big and we ain’t going for it!
— K.O. (ATATF‼️) (@kofromatatf) May 4, 2021
The funniest thing about Big Boi getting disrespected on here is that André 3000 has said multiple times Big Boi is a better rapper than him.
— Colb (@___Colb___) May 4, 2021
Damn dude, you really did start a good conversation on why Big Boi deserves more. About time he got the respect he deserves 👌🏼 pic.twitter.com/amoZKI19Ga
— Waka Flockas 3rd Cousin (@LostInSpace556) May 5, 2021
Big Boi is the most disrespected rapper on this god forsaken app https://t.co/gYc8i1PDeg
— Harry (@Harry8__) May 4, 2021
— BlackOwned C-Bone (@BlackOwnedCBone) May 4, 2021
You can’t say you’re a fan of Outkast and blatantly deny Big Boi’s contributions.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) May 4, 2021
Big Boi wrote most of the hooks for Outkast.
Please respect a legend.
— Jake. (@JTrnvp) May 4, 2021
Since Big Boi is trending….let me say…..That Big Grams album was ICE COLD! Very underrated project. pic.twitter.com/6GohrxMddF
— Give auntie Anita Baker her masters so I can clean (@Luckjones10) May 4, 2021