After catching a red-eye from Stockholm, Sweden, Outkast rapper Big Boi just missed the birth of his third child Saturday, according to the group's management.
Big Boi's girlfriend called him early Saturday morning, and he and Dre canceled the remaining six dates on their European tour five of which were opening for Eminem so he could be in Atlanta to witness the birth. He didn't make it home in time, but his girlfriend gave birth to a healthy 6-pound, 5-ounce boy.
Big Boi told an MTV News reporter at the Golden Globe Awards on January 21 that they knew the baby's sex and planned to name the boy Cross. Big Boi also has a 6-year-old daughter named Jordan and a 1-year-old son named Bamboo.
Outkast will kick off a North American tour with Ludacris and Slimm Calhoun, the first act signed to the duo's Aquemini label, on March 2 in Hampton, Virginia.
In other Outkast news, Big Boi and Dre recently remixed the Backstreet Boys' single "The Call" and are working on a remix of Lenny Kravitz's hit single "Again." Also out soon will be the video for "So Fresh, So Clean," directed by "Bombs Over Baghdad" director David Meyers.
"Ms. Jackson", the second single from Outkast's Stankonia, sits at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and #1 on the magazine's Hot Rap Singles chart.
Canceled Outkast tour dates:
- 2/5 - Brussels, Belgium @ Forest National (with Eminem)
- 2/6 - Paris, France @ La Bercy (with Eminem)
- 2/8 - Manchester, England @ Evening News Arena (with Eminem)
- 2/9 - London, England @ London Arena (with Eminem)
- 2/10 - London, England @ London Arena (with Eminem)
- 2/11 - London, England @ Astoria