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Today I had the chance to talk to Big Boi, one half of Outkast about the amazing launch of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, where he will perform.
Who would have thought this guy was so into not just his gaming, but Star Wars too! Incredible!
IN THE RED CORNER: MAUDE GARRETT
IN THE BLUE CORNER: BIG BOI!
Hello buddy, thanks for chatting with me
Not a problem at all
So it’s 6.30 am here – what time is it where you are?
Oh nothing bad, only like 1-something in the afternoon? Nearly 2? So it’s not too bad.
You’ve recently come out to Australia, what’s your trip been like so far?
Oh yeah its been great. Been on tour with Neyo and T.pain. I did Melbourne, Perth, Sydney you know travelled around on this tour. It’s been lot of fun, its been great I really love Australia.
So your Frequent Flyers must be going well then?
Yeah you know what I’m saying, they going good, getting lots of those (chuckles)
So you’re heading back to Aus soon to promote the new Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Tell me, are you into video games?
Yeah, yeah you know Madden?
Yes, the NFL game
Yeah yeah those, I love those games. Been playing them heaps lately, that’s my game, you know?
But Need for Speed is totally new. I mean when I come out there, we’re going to bring my favourite things together. Music, games, cars, all those things combined. And we gonna make it funky. You see the promotion (of the game) don’t stop there – it’s a car show too. So there’s going to be performance cars, 80 of the most exotic cars there.
What’s your favourite car?
I like the classics, you know the Cadillac’s, the Chevrolets you know the real classic style. But sports cars are good too, the Trans Ams, and Mustangs.
What car did you play on Need for Speed?
Oh you know, I like to play with the Lamborghini, (laughs) you know something with a lil speed.
So when was the first time you picked up a console and went for gold?
Played for the first time as a kid. Like most people you know, when you’re a kid you start on whats out there. So for me it was like the Ataris, the first ones round, then when you get older you move on to the better stuff, so the Sony Playstation, and the Dreamcast, coz by then the games are getting really good and the graphics you know, way more advanced. It’s better now.
What is your console of choice?
For me? I like the Playstation 3 you know, that’s what I have.
What is it that you like about it?
Well, I like that it got Blu-Ray DVD, it’s user friendly and easy to work, even though I had to get my kids to show me how to set it up (laughs)
What is it about Need for Speed that made you want to jump on board?
Well, it was lucky really, coz I was approached by EA and had just put out the album. And they knew about my love for cars, so it made sense for sure that I’m with it. So I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be out in Aus on November 18 exclusively for EA’s game launch.
Excited to come back even though you’ve just been here?
Yes yes it’s a great place, I don’t mind coming back at all, everyone is so nice and friendly, it’ll be great to come back.
So you’ve had time to play the game then?
Oh yea! Been playing it, really like the game.
Have you played previous games from the series?
Yeah I played quite a few. I like racing games, I like a lot of games!
Ever finished a game?
Oh yeah you know I finished a few, games like Legends of Zelda –
Me: (interrupting) The Legend of Zeda: Ocarina of Time? That’s my favourite game!
Yeah well it’s coz it’s a good game!
What do you like about it?
Well I love that you gotta find everything, there are different levels and stages and you gotta beat the boss to move on, I love that you get weapons, it’s all about the adventure, you know, getting stuck on a level for 3 weeks and having to think of different ways to get past it. You gotta think! Gotta use your brain!
Other games you’ve finished?
Oh yeah plenty, plenty. Games like Mario bros, Metroid, those adventure games are my favourite.
Who’s you’re fav character – were you more Sonic or Mario?
Oh Mario for sure. But only coz I started playing Mario first. I mean, Sonic was pretty cool, but by the time he came out it was a bit kiddy for me.
So it’s all about the Plumber?
Yeah, we come to FIX the SINK!
But this be all about my game here, so I just wanna say that Australia – the people of Australia, they need to go to Need for Speed to get tickets to the concert. So if they order the game and buy the game, they get the chance to come to the concert. You gotta go to www.nfsontour.com.au and come and see Big Boi live! Not just that, there’s a car show over 80 of the most exotic cars out there, I’ll be there playing about an hour set, you know, two turntables and a microphone, with the funky beats. It’s everything, music, gaming and cars. Everyone wants to experience the big thing.
Sounds great, maybe I can challenge you in the game?
Yeah you got it
Let’s talk about your music. Who were the artists over the years that have made you sit up straight and notice music in a different way?
Sigh – thinks.
Well you know there are plenty of people that have made me appreciate what they do with music, people like George Clinton, UGK, A Tribe called quest, De la soul…. But also bands like Nirvana, Metallica, Guns and roses…
You know you gotta look at what the people like, coz they like it for a reason. Everyone has something new and fresh to offer.
You’ve worked extensively with Andre 3000 during the Outkast days, he’s not on this album… was it like making music with your left arm missing?
Not really… I mean Andre is on there (the album) as a producer – but it wasn’t my decision to not have him there. Def Jam, the record label was set on it being a solo album for me so it wasn’t my call. But you know, Andre and I have done some tracks, there are two tracks that are available on-line for free at the moment – one called royal flush.
Is there any chance of another Outkast album?
Yeah, oh yes Dre is working his stuff on the album now, writing some great stuff, so when I get back we’ll drop the tracks, it’ll be good. There will be a lot of new tracks
What can we expect?
Expect the unexpected, you know what I’m saying? That’s what it’s about
Have you heard Aus rockers The Vines infamous cover of Ms Jackson?
Oh Yes I’ve Def heard it, it’s jamming! You know, it’s probably my favourite cover of the song.
How many covers are floating around out there?
Yeah you know, a couple, fans have recorded them and put them up, but yeah, something about this cover I really like. When The Vines play it its jamming. You know its like
“iiii amm for reeeeeeeeeeeaalll” (sings really slowly and whiney, draws the words out)
Where the hell did you come up with this album name?
Yeah well, it comes from a nickname you see, St Lucius Left Foot is like Star Wars, when Luke Sywalker becomes a Jedi, and that journey he’s on. Coz this here, it’s only going to be here for a minute, so you just need to be in your Jedi stance.
Have you ever tried to do a Jedi Mind trick?
Not really – keep in the physical, keep it REAL!
What about lightsabers, if you’re into your Star Wars, have you ever played with a lightsaber?
Oh yes. I definitely have a lightsaber, I got them in all colours, every single one. I was lucky enough to take the family to Disney World where they had the Star Wars exhibit and we bought them all and me and my kids were playing with them all
What is it about Star Wars that you love so much?
Well like I said with the album name, I love the journey from Luke, I mean he starts of as a normal guy, just a citizen you know, and there’s this growth into something better, he finds who he really is and what his purpose is. I like that journey.
My mum took me to see Empire Strikes Back when I was a kid and ever since then I was hooked, just got so hooked in the movies, I’d watch them all -
Wait – you started off watching the second movie first?
Well yeah, I went to see that at the movies, and it all went from there.
But you know that ESB is probably the weakest of all the three – in my opinion
Well yeah, but you start there, then watch the others and you realise it only just gets better and better, then there are the prequels, and the prequels prequel…
But its about the underlying meaning in the movie you know, so many powerful themes.
What do you think about the new kids at the mo – Kid Cudi, B.o.B, Wale etc?
Yeah, you know B.o.B is definitely one to look for – I mean he’s featured on my album, he does a track for me and I’ve done a remix for them, so we worked together a lot. You know. He’s a talented kid and you gotta keep a watchful eye out coz they’re the ones hitting the scene and they’re pretty good.
I’m curious to know, how did you get the name Big Boi?
It was a nickname for me you know, back in the day, at school, the nickname came from me doing lots of push ups, so I had me a strong back, strong shoulders and neck, so when they see me I was big. It’s all about POWER
And Boi is spelt with an ‘i’ not a ‘y’, so help me out with this. Is it to be pronounced BOIII?
Boaaayyy yeah like that, it’s like BOAY laughs
Wait, am I doing it right? B-O-A-Y
Yeah that’s it girl, you got it! BOI! BOI!
With that name, is there are pressure to be a Big Boy your whole life?
Nah not at all – just all about making funky music, funky tunes and creating music, new music all the time. Hopefully inspiring others too.
Tell me about your obsession with Pitballs. Your twitter background is of them, and you breed them also?
Oh yeah well my Grandad was a hunter, he was a good hunter and he used to have those dogs. And me and my siblings used to take care of those dogs. So I fell in love with them ages ago. My brother and I started a kennel where we breed dogs. We’ve been doing that for 15 years now.
How many dogs would you have bred?
Oh, hundreds? Thousands? Yeah bred a lot.
What about your dogs. Have you got any of your own?
Yeah my favourite is my house dog, his name is Bleed. He’s one of the pure bred pitbulls. But got another house dog, his brother. He’s a teacup Yorkie, he’s tiny. His name is Tank, he only about 3-4 pounds
Thanks so much for chatting with my Big BBOOII, looking forward to getting our game on in November!
Yes Yes! November 18! Tell everyone to get their tickets by ordering the game on nfsontour.com.au!
If you find True Blood just a little too camp, too bloody, too raunchy, too MUCH….
then this is for you!
Sesame Street has done a hilarious spoof
Harry Potter Trailers
Nikki Phillips, myself and Airlie Walsh
When an event is at Beach Burrito in Bondi Beach, you just know those margaritas are going to be out in full force. Luckily for me, Roxy Jacenko who’s the mastermind behind power PR company Sweaty Better, loves this place. And since she’s hosting this party, she gets to choose. WIN! ….
The crowd were a mix of journalists (namely from Channel 9’s ACA and Today Show), PR gals, Bondi Lifeguards, the face of the campaign Emma Giles (who had a flirtatious photo session at the beginning of the night – see below) and of course a pro-surfer in there for good measure.
I met the head of Quiksilver who had invited me up to the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper to see first hand how the tournament goes. Being a Queenslander myself, I’m really looking forward to it! Will report more on this when/if I get there (a BIG if – let’s be realistic here…).
The other highlight of the night was model, ambassador and jewellery designer Nikki Phillips sneaking a burrito in her bag to scoff down at a later time. I can write this now because it has been opening leaked in the weekend’s paper! I’m her guilty accomplice, yet I feel no guilt. Do you have any idea how good those damn burritos are?
Dj Minx = BABE
Tunes of the night were spun by Quiksilver/Roxy ambassador DJ Minx – who has to be the hottest DJ going around.
Overall a great night! Prizes like Olympus cameras, trips to QLD, cases of Corona and a Quiksilver voucher (won by Nikki) were up for grabs. I walked away empty handed but with a full gut, which, if you think about it, is a prize in itself!
This video combines my two favourite things. Ocarinas, and Super Mario Bros music!
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Final Fantasy XIV
But the two most epic clips are:
Dragon Age II
How much have the graphic improved! Incredible attention to detail. And new fighting techniques. Much love
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
The graphics are mind-blowing, the story-telling is thrilling.