In celebration of the PGA Tour event that will swarm the city this week and bring along golf superstars Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McElroy, and many others, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton ripped right into the club anthems that catapulted his group Outkast to international superstardom.
It was as if the Atlanta rapper, 43, was plucked from file photos from the 1990s with the way he ripped into the timeless classic Outkast cuts at the Tour Championship “Tee it Up ATL” concert event at the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday night.
Elevated in the end zone portion of the hall of fame, which is quite apropos given the touchdown-type monster hits that Outkast churned out with freakish regularity beginning in the 1990s, Big Boi and longtime collaborator-singer-producer Sleepy Brown slayed the stage with the iconic cuts “So Fresh, So Clean” and then worked the crowd into a frenzy with “Miss Jackson.”
Big Boi, the rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur — and let’s not forget licensed pit bull breeder — helped Tee It Up ATL christen its fourth year of existence alongside Hawks and Falcons announcer Ryan Cameron who served as the emcee for the party. Southern Company Chris Womack presented a check to the East Lake Foundation.
Big Boi was joined at the celebrated introduction to the Tour Championship PGA event by the likes of Atlanta Hawks current and former players Kenny Bazemore and Theo Radcliffe, Atlanta United players Mikey Ambrose and Greg Garza, and Atlanta Falcons players Justin Bethel, Ryan Schraeder, and Wes Schweitzer.
As most fans know, Big Boi went on to achieve multi-platinum success with every album with Outkast, especially the diamond-selling and Grammy-winning “Speakerboox/The Love Below.” Since then, the two artists have ventured off and done their own solo projects.
Big Boi released four solo albums since Outkast has been on an indefinite moratorium, including 2010’s “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty,” which landed at No. 3 on the Billboard charts. The follow up joint, 2017 “Boomiverse,” soared as high as No. 28 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.