Andre 3000 might be the mainstream-friendly member of Outkast, but his rhyming partner Big Boi is the people’s champ. In fact, Big Boi is so in touch with the common folk that he let a camera crew (and Crown Royal) follow him around on a recent European jaunt just so fans could get a better insight into what makes him tick. So, craftily skipping over the corporate sponsorship parts of the 12-minute long documentary, here’s five things that you’ll learn about Andre’s favorite rapping pal. Sadly, no new Outkast album deets.
1. Big Boi’s a Player
According to the pitbull-obsessed member of Outkast, since he was 16-years-old, Big Boi was an “international player.” It’s a title that seems to involve the harsh work load of performing a mammoth 200 shows a year — but it’s challenge that Big Boi is more than up to as he spends the summer touring around Europe’s muddiest festivals.
2. Big Boi Is Not Afraid to Wear Plastic Bags on His Feet
Glastonbury is a huge musical festival, but being that it’s set in cruddy farmland fields, it’s also one regularly blighted by annoyingly messy weather conditions. This is a challenge that doesn’t deter Big Boi from pleasing his public, as he goes from moaning about how there’s “mud and shit everywhere” and complaining about there being “mud on my Js” to slipping large black garbage-bags over his feet to brave the elements. He also rocks camouflage gear on stage, presumably in a sly knowing manner that is guaranteed to impress the student-saturated crowd.
3. Big Boi Hates Lost Luggage
After jetting to Scandinavia from Glastonbury, Big Boi discovers — shock! Horror! — that his bags and his shoes have gone missing. “Tragedy strikes!” is how he describes the experience, possibly confusing it with a scene from the first Sex and the City movie. Left with nothing but his “carry on Louis [Vuitton] and alligator bag,” he’s forced to go to a local store named La Familia. He affectionately calls it “the Godfather store,” and proceeds to purchase a pair of orange boxer shorts.
4. Big Boi Has No Time to Customize His iPhone
In a touching scene in the short documentary, Big Boi’s phone rings. But, alas, he hasn’t downloaded a customizable ring-tone! And neither has he switched the incoming call alert to the only socially acceptable option of “Old Phone”! Instead, he still rolls with the default ring-tone setting — it’s no wonder Andre 3000 is so keen satiate his creative kicks on his own.
5. Big Boi Finds Planking Funny
Skip to around the eight minute mark of the mini-documentary and you’ll witness Big Boi in fits of hysterics as he informs that, “Right now my DJ is about to attempt to plank.” Impromptu hotel room planking does indeed follow, complete with Big Boi taking an iPhone photo of said planking. Uproarious laughter then ensues, although it’s unclear whether he Instagrams the picture. Still, its a snapshot of one of Summer 2011′s more enduring memes.