Big Boi’s Daddy Fat Saxx tour will bring the Atlanta-bred MC back to the Las Vegas Strip, where he’ll perform at hip-hop headquarters Drai’s on January 19. We spoke to the rapper, who also just scored a Grammy nomination.
You’ve played various Vegas venues, but what do you love about Drai’s? I always have a good time out there. Las Vegas is always evolving, and the crowd is always people from all over. At Drai’s I like the visuals and all the extra stuff onstage that brings the real dopeness and makes it a full experience.
Congrats on the Grammy nom for “Chase Me,” a team-up track from Baby Driver. It was great to team with Run the Jewels and Danger Mouse and get connected and just have everybody spitting over a beat that’s just super-hard.
You’re touring behind Boomiverse, your first solo album in about five years. How do you feel about the record now that it has had some time to live and breathe? I love it. It’s my favorite. You’ve got to get better and better every time. You always want to evolve, and Boomiverse is the evolution of Big Boi. The people love it, and we’ve got one of the hottest Apple commercials you’ve ever seen [featuring the song “All Night”].
How does it feel to be an icon of the Atlanta sound and perhaps an elder statesman of hip-hop? Me and my [OutKast] partner started when we were 17 years old and made Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, a classic, at 18. We were like kids going to Harvard out of ninth grade, kind of advanced. But you just keep on working. I’m a Jedi master, but I’m also a student. We had a jump on them, but we’re still making music people love, and the South is thriving. It’s just great to be out here jamming with everybody. Big Boi at Drai’s at the Cromwell, January 19.