BEVERLY HILLS, California — While Andre 3000 continues to storm Hollywood, his Outkast partner is settling into his second job — as a record-label executive.
Big Boi is running the group's new Purple Ribbon Entertainment label, which will debut August 30 with Killer Mike's second record, Ghetto Extraordinary (see "Killer Mike Slams Police Brutality, Black Churches On New LP"). Outkast's now-defunct Aquemini Records released Killer Mike's first album, 2003's Monster, but Big Boi is more involved this time around.
"I'm in the trenches with [the artists], in the studio, I'm in the office every day listening to records, experimenting. It's very hands-on," Big Boi said. "I'm just trying to give them the push that Organized Noize gave us when we were coming up."
Along with Killer Mike, Big Boi is also working on Purple Ribbon releases for Bubba Sparxxx and Sleepy Brown, as well as newcomers Konkrete and Star.
In the meantime, Big Boi and Andre 3000 have found time to finish about 75 percent of their next album, the soundtrack to their movie due at the end of the year (see "What's Up With The Outkast Movie? The Director Spills It All"). "I haven't seen the final version, but [I did see the] next-to-final, and it's great," Big said.
For the soundtrack, Outkast and Organized Noize are sharing the production duties as usual (see "Outkast's Manager Says Movie, LP Will Be Their 'Purple Rain' "). "It's a period piece, like '30s and '40s, so it's got a lot of pianos, lot of horns, rhythms; it's Outkast, so expect the unexpected," Big Boi said.
When not recording, Dre has been shooting John Singleton's upcoming "Four Brothers" and has also signed on to star in a few more movies, including "Revolver" and an untitled musical (see "Andre 3000 Signs On To Play Magic Man In New Musical").
Not to be left out, Big Boi is also reading several scripts. "I have so many movies I've turned down because it has to be the right one," he said. "I'm not just gonna jump in anything. You'll see Big in movies, trust me."