What to see, read and listen to in November
You’ve probably never met Bamboo, son of rapper Antwan André Patton (better known as Big Boi, of Outkast fame), but the little guy knows what you want. The dashing 12-year-old, often photographed in suits and shirts as stylish as his dad’s, has a knack for picking crowd-pleasers. Some of the highest-charting singles in Patton’s career, in fact, were flagged by Bamboo and his siblings, 11-year-old Cross and 17-year-old Jordan.
“I’ve got my own private ‘American Idol’ panel,” Patton says. “When I’m taking them to school in the morning, I play them my new jams. When they get home from school, they’re like, ‘Hey, Daddy, lemme hear that song again. Lemme hear that song again. When you gonna put that song out?’”
When Bamboo heard tracks from Patton’s new solo effort, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, his choice song was “Gossip,” a peppy club jam featuring Southern stalwarts UGK and relative rap newcomer Big K.R.I.T. It was released as the album’s first single in June. People couldn’t stop talking about it.
Patton believes that his kids’ uncanny ability to pick winners stems from the fact that they mostly skipped “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and went straight to the grownup musical canon. “The beautiful thing,” he says, “is that they grew up listening to everything I listened to, and that’s everything from Kate Bush to Bob Marley, to Guns N’ Roses, to N.W.A., to A Tribe Called Quest, Wilson Pickett and Neil Young. Their musical tastes are vast.”
Today, Patton’s children are as likely to be educating him as he is them. His daughter Jordan, he says, introduced him to such acts as The Weeknd, Frank Ocean and A$AP Rocky, the last of whom shares a track on Vicious Lies. “To have that in-house A&R action is really dope,” Patton says. NOV. 13
A few of the dapper rapper’s thoughts on …
• Music festivals: “It’s almost like you’re in summer camp. To be around all those people and be able to share music—you get nothing but creativity out of that.”
• Over-recording: “If you record enough songs, you end up with an album full of singles. It’s a good way of doing it. It’s always been like that, even when we were working on Outkast albums.”
• Artistic integrity: “The label understands the music now and the vision I have, after seeing me rock crowds and what I’m doing online. My artistic integrity is definitely intact, and that’s what it’s all about.”
• His grandma: “She was real hip, you know? My grandma was the biggest gangster I ever knew, and she raised me. I’m just carrying on the legacy.”
MOVIES The Man With the Iron Fists, giving Russell Crowe an excuse to shout “Hi-YA!” // Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, featuring Daniel Day-Lewis looking more Lincoln-y than Lincoln
BOOKS The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine Al Dente), in which Kirstie Alley reviews her life through the prism of L. Ron Hubbard and others // Both Flesh and Not: Essays, a collection of work by the late David Foster Wallace
MUSIC Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys’ sizzling fifth studio album
EXHIBITS “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit”—in which the holiday season goes Peanuts—at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry