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ATL marks ANTWAN ANDRE PATTON's acting debut. Up next, he will star in the feature Idlewild, opposite Andre Benjamin. The film is a musical set in the prohibition-era South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager 'Rooster' (Patton) must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on his club. His piano player partner (Benjamin) must choose between love or obligations to his father. The Idlewild album and film will be released in summer 2006.

In 2004, Patton formed his own Atlanta based record label, Purple Ribbon. The label showcases a mixture of established artists as well as young up and coming MC's and R&B singers. The first album, Big Boi Presents...Got Purp? Vol. 1, was released in fall 2004 and was followed up by Big Boi Presents...Got Purp? Vol. 2 in fall 2005. In 2005 he also joined the world of car racing by investing in the NASCAR World Racing Team. Patton has also established the Big Kidz foundation which helps children make lifestyle advances through film and music.

Patton, aka Big Boi, is half of the Atlanta-based super duo OutKast. OutKast started their luminous career in 1994 when their classic hit Player's Ball became an unlikely single on LaFace Records' Christmas album. Soon after, the young duo became the label's first hip-hop act. Their spectacular debut LP, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, sold one million copies and helped to lay a solid foundation for the current explosion of Southern hip-hop.

With their sophomore LP, ATLiens, OutKast showed the world that the South really did have something to say, and 1.5 million people were listening to their trunk-rattlin' funk, gleaned from the spirit of Sly Stone, Mandrill and George Clinton.

On Stankonia, OutKast pushed the envelope even further by revisiting the spirit of George Clinton, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Hazel, dipping millions of listeners into some good old-fashioned psychedelic hip-hop funk. The record sold five million units worldwide.

For their fifth effort the two decided to take a break and release a greatest hits album, Big Boi and Dre Present... OutKast. The record contained three new songs, one of which, The Whole World, earned them a coveted Grammy Award for Best Rap Song by a duo or group.

With their sixth release, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast reaffirmed their talent by adding another great album to their ever-expanding catalog of hits, further solidifying their legacy as one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time.

OutKast has earned 6 Grammy's, 3 World Music Awards, 3 BET Awards and 4 American Music Awards.

Patton currently lives in Atlanta with his family.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Big Boi Facts

Birth NameAntwon Andre Patton
OccupationMusician, Actor
BirthdayFebruary 1, 1975 (49)
BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia, USA
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Big Boi compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Kiss and Tail: Hollywood Jump Off
The Big Bang
Changemakers: Antwan "Big Boi" Patton
Big Boi Ruins Our Social Life
MC Mom
Volcano High
Joe Budden/Big Boi
Cribs Wildest Antics
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