Big Boi Talks Songwriting, Inspiration

July 23, 2011


Sir Luscious Leftfoot sits down with The Urban Daily to discuss his lyrics and why he’s a Jedi.

The Urban Daily recently caught up with legendary ATL rapper Big Boi of the duo Outkast at the very studio where he and partner Andre 300 recorded their seminal album Stankonia. During the interview, Sir Luscious Leftfoot gave some insight into his mindset as a lyricist.

Big Boi explains that he remains humble when it comes to his craft, viewing himself more as a student than a master. He also adds that music his personal drug choice, both with regard to making it and listening to it. 

“When we first started…being inside of the craft and on top of what you are doing, you didn’t know [it you were good],” he admitted. “I still right now consider myself a student. I’m still learning. I just know that it makes me take it [seriously]. I have to be making music, and I know if I don’t listen to music I kind of get down and get depressed, so it’s kind of like my drug.”

Big Boi also discusses how his own daily experiences influence his craft. He says that he keeps open with regard to inspiration, and that he tries to make songwriting an enjoyable and spontaneaous experience as opposed to a structure one.

“You might be riding in the car, you might be sitting here and an idea hits you,” he explained. “I might be looking at the TV and a falsehood on the news might kind of [make] me want to talk about it. It’s just my music is inspired by my life, so I just kind of talk about my life’s experiences…I have fun with this shit. I’ve got nothing to prove to nobody, man, I’m a Jedi.”

Watch the full interview to hear General Patton deliver a poem for the camera.


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