Antwan André Patton (born February 1, 1975), better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, song-writer, record producer and actor, best known for being a member of American Hip Hop duo OutKast alongside Andre 3000
Patton was born and spent the first half of his childhood in Savannah, Georgia, attending school before moving to Atlanta with his Aunt Renee to pursue his interest in music at Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School
He had a strong interest in hip hop music, and met André "3000" Benjamin while attending Tri Cities High School in the early-1990s
Originally Andre and Big Boi did not get along and considered each other "rivals"
The two eventually joined forces as Outkast and signed with LaFace Records
In contrast to his more sedate, philosophical partner, Patton's on-record persona enjoys partying
Patton has often used his lyrics to criticize the problems that plague both the African American community and the world
Patton is married to Sherlita Patton, with whom he has two children: daughter Jordan and son Cross
Another child, a son named Bamboo, is from a previous relationship
Big Boi is a playable character in the Def Jam: Icon videogame.
He has been seen in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Wildlife"
The episode aired November 18, 2008 and Big Boi played Hip Hop artist,"Got$ Money
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