Big Boi: A Political Outkast

January 14th, 2013

(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By Dan Reagans

Atlanta hip hop duo Outkast may be in music headlines today for appearing on Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter” remix, but it was the most active member of the duo, Big Boi, who was making news in another arena. Big Boi’s political affiliation has drawn attention to the pair this week for his choice of candidate in the 2012 elections.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, the “Mama Told Me” rapper went on record about voting for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson over President Barack Obama last November.

“I have nothing against the president at all, you know, he’s a nice guy, but you know, the things that they’re standing on right now just didn’t agree with me,” Big Boi told the interviewer. Daddy Fat Sax shocked many with the revelation that he is a Libertarian. “Anything that benefits the public and not just big banking, that’s what I’m with.”

While it’s up to each individual to vote for whichever candidate they feel represents their views best, it’s admirable to see a veteran rapper take such a bold stance on the matter (even if it does go against popular belief and opinion). In fact that’s what Outkast has been all about in their music since the very beginning — individuality.

Not being afraid to explore and be yourself are some of the key characteristics that made us fall in love with the rap duo. Songs like “B.O.B.” and “Rosa Parks” (which have both done well commercially and garnered the group plenty attention) are testaments to that.

In all honesty, when I heard about one of my favorite MCs supporting another candidate other than Pres. Obama, I immediately went to research Gary Johnson to see what all the fuss was about. Although I don’t agree with the ATLien, I do feel more enlightened on certain aspects of politics. Going with the popular vote doesn’t always have to be the case. Folks should be more educated on all candidates and, more importantly, brave enough to stand behind one’s beliefs even if that may mean standing with a small few.

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