Kansas City crooner, Boy Big, has recorded songs with the likes of Gangstarr, OutKast, Wu-Tang and Janelle Monae in addition to the choruses he’s laid down for rap artists based inside Kansas City and outside. Boy Big says that the number of hooks he’s done could be close to 1,000. Full-length releases and r&b mixtapes under KC’s famed, independent Major Factor Records imprint have earned him a reputation as the go-to guy for choruses, specifically in KC. Up to this point, his music (what we’ll call “soul slaps”) tended to touch on the hustler underworld. It wasn’t your grandfather’s r&b, necessarily.
Now with a new direction for his music career, a new album of original material (“Panties & Blunts”) which is slated for release this month, Boy Big had a lot to say when J Craig Studios opened their doors to us just a few days ago.
While his new album features guests like Ampichino, Rappin Twan and more street rap stalwarts, his first CD effort since Real Life Hustle & Flow will be aimed at both the hard copy buyers who’ve come to love his music, as well as newer digital download listeners. Boy Big struck us as a very humble guy, but a very vocal one as well. In this interview, he talked about the redirection of his music, meeting Raekwon for the first time, he and Rich The Factor’s cameo appearances in Gangstarr’s “Nice Girl Wrong Place” video (which Big sang the hook for) in the early 2000’s and a lot more.
As a big fish in the small pond that is Kansas City’s r&b field, Boy Big and his team are working towards making bigger splashes in even bigger bodies of water very soon. Press play on the soundcloud player, get the scoop, and let your soul slap along with a real underground icon.