Big Boi is releasing his new album The Big Sleepover in collaboration with Organized Noize’s Sleepy Brown on December 10. Eventually questions are always going to be thrown his way about the future of Outkast.
During a recent interview with The Guardian he Atlanta legend was asked how many songs/albums he and André 3000 have in the vault. He “smiled from ear to ear and nodded enthusiastically.”
“Yeah, boy!” he answered. “There is a lot of unreleased music around here, man.” Immediately questioned whether Outkast will ever reunite for a new album, he said, “You would have to talk to the Lord Jesus. Only he knows.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, Big Boi talked about drum’n’bass working its way into Outkast’s sound thanks to attending nightclubs in the UK. He explained that 808s were always in their music but the whole drum’n’bass thing was challenging.
Big Boi also listed his favorite artists of all time and named some of the rappers who influenced him.
“In terms of the flow, there’s something of everything,” he said. “I’ll give you my top artists of all time: 1a is Bob Marley, 1b is Kate Bush, and then right behind her is N.W.A. So, that tells you where I am at with it. As far as MCing, we listen to everything from A Tribe Called Quest to 8 Ball and MJG, the 2 Live Crew. UGK. MC Ren was one of the hardest motherfuckers ever! Definitely E-40.”
He added, “You just sort of find your style … and it’s a hodgepodge of everything. I can go out of different corners and crevices of the beat and catch the guitar lick. Then I jump back on the snare and ride the bass for a minute. It is definitely a gift from God.”