In contrast to his more sedate, philosophical partner, Patton's on-record persona enjoys partying. He can be identified by his rapid-fire delivery, a style which has become more distinct since the album ATLiens. Patton has often used his lyrics to criticize the problems that plague both the African American community and the world. One example is 2003's "War", a scathing attack on the Bush administration and the "war on terror."
After four increasingly successful albums as a duo, Benjamin decided to make a solo album as a side project(Even though Big Boi was on some of The Love Below as Andre 3000 was on some songs in Speakerboxx). Patton also produced a solo effort, and the two albums were packaged together as Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003. Speakerboxxx featured a style similar to Outkast's previous efforts, while The Love Below explored more offbeat territory. One song from each album was released in September 2003 as a single.
Patton's choice was the single "The Way You Move", featuring Sleepy Brown. It was originally supported by urban radio, but then crossed over to pop charts and became almost as big a pop hit as Benjamin's "Hey Ya!". "The Way You Move" supplanted "Hey Ya!" as the #1 song on the US pop charts. The second single from Big Boi's side of the album was "Ghetto Musick", which featured both members of Outkast and a sample from Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need & Want You". Patton and Benjamin star in Idlewild, a film about music in the Depression-era South. It was released in August 2006. Patton also has plans in the works for a project partnering him with Sleepy Brown. He released a mixtape/compilation album, Got Purp? Vol 2, in conjunction with the Purple Ribbon All-Stars in November 2005 on Purple Ribbon Records; Aquemeni Records had become defunct after Benjamin left the company. The first single from the album was "Kryptonite", which cracked the Billboard Hot 100 and was a hit on hip-hop radio. Patton is also currently featured on the song "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)", which is the first single off of UGK's new album, Underground Kingz.
On March 20, a song from Big Boi's solo album leaked to the internet. It's titled Royal Flush and it features Andre 3000 and Raekwon. The song features a small sample from The Isley Brothers tune Voyage to Atlantis in between each verse, from the three rappers. In August, Big Boi announced an October 28, 2008 release date for "Sir Luscious Leftfoot Saves the Day".
In 2008, Big Boi began a collaboration on a new show with the Atlanta Ballet. The show, entitled big, will premiere at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta April 10-13, 2008. The show will be performed by Atlanta Ballet dancers, local youth and talent, as choreographed by Lauri Stallings. Music may be performed live onstage during the performance, as it was when the ballet created a live music/dance collaboration with the Indigo Girls.
His wife is also the co-owner of a clothing boutique in Atlanta, Georgia called PValentine. She co-owns the store with Tracy Valentine. The expensive brands carried by the store and the tie to Big Boi attract many music artists and other celebrities to the store. The store was featured on an episode of MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" when R&B artist Chris Brown went for a birthday gift from Big Boi. He is also a registered pit bull breeder.
Big Boi also appeared on Nick Cannon's Wildin Out Season 3 as one of the many guest stars, as well as guest starring and appearing as a musical guest on Chappelle's Show performing his song "The Rooster." Besides Idlewild he is currently reaching more into acting, having appeared in T.I.'s film ATL, Outkast's film Idlewild and starring in the recently released Who's Your Caddy?.
He sometimes refers to, or credits, himself as "Daddy Fat Sacks," which is a term referring to a drug dealer or banker, in such songs as "ATLiens", "Walk It Out", "I'm So Hood (remix)" and "Morris Brown"
Big Boi is a playable character in the Def Jam: Icon videogame.
Big Boi has officially dropped his rivalry with former employee, Killer Mike, which had gone on for 3 years.