One half of Outkast talks flying solo, his dawgs, 20 years in the rap game, collaborating with Kate Bush and his tour down under
First published on 22 Jul 2011. Updated on 30 Aug 2011.
Would you like me to call you Antwan, Big Boi, Sir Lucious L Leftfoot, the Son of Chico Dusty, or are there any other names for that matter?
Daddy Fat Sax, you can call me Daddy Fat Sax. That's what mode we in right now.
Daddy for short?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure. You can call me Sax.
What's your proudest track off [solo album] Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty?
You know, it's the whole thing man; it's one whole body of work; one cohesive piece of funk domination. I put a lot of time in to it and the critics and the fans love it. One I really like to perform live is General Patton; it gets the crowd going bonkers ya know what I mean? So definitely straight rocking out to that.
How are you getting on without [Outkast's] Andre 3000 next to you?
You really move at your own pace but the disadvantage is not having that companion out there on stage. Also the writing load for all the songs; it's much heavier because you're not sharing it with somebody else.
What can you give away about your live show?
High energy man, high impact. From my drummers to my horn players to my guitar players. We do a lot of time travel from [Outkast's 1994 album] Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik all the way up to Sir Lucious L Leftfoot. It's just really high energy all day, a lot of crowd participation; it's a really great show.
If you could cover any song, which would choose?
Prince, 'Erotic City'. I love that, I love that song. It surprises me all the way; it's funky and it's just reallynaaaasty.
And who would you could join forces with?
Kate Bush. Kate Bush all day long, that's who I'm looking to collaborate with.
You've worked with a range of producers, from Scott Storch on Shutterbug to Pharrell Williams onMargarita back in the day. Who are your favourite producers?
Definitely Organised Noise, Andre 3000. I'm one of my favourite producers as well.
You breed pitbulls. Did you know that they are illegal in Australia?
A lot of places are just really prejudice against the dogs. All dogs bite, it's just about how you raise them. I've been breeding them for 15 years and never had an incident. I've sold dogs to everyone from Usher to Serena Williams, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks. E'rybody got my dawgs. I have 15 myself, but all up I've got fifty-something dogs all up.
And are they all chilled with each other?
Definitely! I've got a 55-acre ranch. Indoor, outdoor; it's like the Ritz-Carlton, the dog kennels out there. My little bother takes care of everything including all the money.
Sounds like canine royalty.
They definitely live like kings and queens. They've got air-conditioning, heating in the winter... They've got e'rything.
You are touring with Brooklyn's Theophilus London who's about to release his first album. Do you dig?
Theophilus London did a tour over in Europe earlier this year, had a blast. Man, we rocked out in London, Sweden, Norway; a bunch of different shows. We had fun man. It's good to be paired up back with him again, swag!
What have you got for Sydney?
I'm bringing nothing but funk and energy baby and good vibrations. I love it down there. All the people so nice. But we gon' rock out with our cock out and let it be known that we are coming to destroy. Believe that.
Outkast's Stankonia was released over a decade ago now. How have things progressed since then?
It's just the same funky ride. It's all about progression and elevation and first and foremost it's all about quality music and that ain't no different.
You were 16 when it all began.
That's when we started out Outkast. We some young blood, baby. I started out young, I'm still young, handsome as hell. All the ladies wanna kiss me in the mouth, they love my smile. I feel proud to still be here in the business. I'm feeling it and that's what it's all about. It's all about music and as long as I am inspired by making music and putting out jams on people.
What about your next record in the works, Daddy Fat Sax; Soul Funk Crusader?
I cannot tell you anything about it ‘cos there are too many motherfuckers out there bitin'. I don't wanna give away any of my secrets; they try to bit e'rything so I'm gonna keep it under wraps but know that it's gonna be funky and the beat's gonna be crazy and rap's gonna be ferocious. The beat is gonna be [barks].
So you're "cooler than a polar bear's toe nails"?
There's a lot of little catchphrases and what-not. I'm inspired by everything. "Cooler than a polar bear's toe nails" is definitely a good one; It's a lot of slick talk man.
What's you favourite lyric of all time?
Oh, I know. It's from 'Cusswords' by Too Short: "Cusswords, just let ‘em blow/Mother fuckin' bitch god damn ass hoes." That's one of my favourite lines right there.