Big Boi recently appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where the rapper discussed his current obsession with owls, Atlanta’s recent growth, and how he considers signing Killer Mike and Janelle Monaé two of his greatest accomplishments outside of founding Outkast alongside Andre 3000.
“Finding those artists and seeing that there are artists that can take the baton and run with it. They both kind of knew what they wanted and I didn’t have to really babysit while they were doing it,” the rapper says of Mike and Monaé. “To see where they are right now, I’m like a proud big brother.”
Both artists have achieved success in recent years. Run The Jewels, the rap duo Mike co-founded alongside El-P, has released three albums and is constantly appearing on music festival rosters across the world. Monaé recently released her third album Dirty Computer and has acted in movies such as Moonlight and Hidden Figures.
As for the rapper’s owl obsession, it all started because of his assistant.
“So my assistant, Shay, she’s into birds and the guy who trains her birds brought this owl to the studio one time and I fell in love with him,” Big Boi explains. “I bought two owls, Hooti and Houdini…Mike Tyson had tigers. I got birds.”
In related news, Andre 3000 released two new tracks back on Mother’s Day.