Rapper Big Boi announces he’s a Libertarian who voted for Gary Johnson

It’s no surprise that rapper Antwan Andrew Patton, also known as Big Boi and formerly the other half of OutKast, didn’t vote for Romney in November. But he didn’t vote for Obama either. 

“I voted for Gary Johnson,” the Grammy-award winning rapper admitted to Alyona Minkovski on Huffpost Live Friday. Patton recounted a story during the interview about how he had to set a woman straight when she assumed the rapper was an Obama supporter.

“Well, I was, you know, leaving to go out of town, and it was a lady — a Caucasian lady — and she was like, ‘Oh yeah, congratulations on y’all win last night’, you know, with like an attitude. And, you know, just to let her know I was on my P’s and Q’s, I was like, ‘I don’t know what you talkin’ bout, I voted for Gary Johnson’. And she looked shocked to even know that I knew there were other candidates on the ballot, you know what I’m saying? So, you can’t judge a book by its cover.”

Patton did not vote for Johnson on a whim. He also shared in the interview that he is a Libertarian.

“Yes, I’m a Libertarian,” Patton admitted. “I’m liberty, justice for all, liberty for all. I’m really pro-people, pro-freedom, and, you know, this is all about positivity.”

But that doesn’t mean the former OutKast member thinks Obama “really smells like poo poo” either.

“Like, you know, I have nothing against the president at all,” he expained. “You know, he’s a nice guy, but, it’s just, you know, the things that they’re standing on right now just didn’t agree with me. Anything that benefits the public and not just big banking, that’s what I’m with.”

Patton also advised everyone to “stop worrying about everybody else and live your own life” and wants the job market “to get crackin’ .”

“Let’s definitely create jobs for people,” Patton said. “That’s what I’m all about. Try to get people out of this rut that we’ve been in for a while. I have three kids of my own, and you want to see them have something for a future.”

After the interview, Patton used his Twitter handle “BigBoi” to continue sharing his pro-liberty message.

When the rapper finished explaining his Libertarian views in the interview, the Huffpost reporter didn”t let the rapper leave before he weighed in on gun control.

“Where I stand on the Second Amendment- the right to bear arms is not just for hunting and fishing and things like that, but it’s the right of the American people to have a means of defense against a tyrannical government. Sometimes you’ve got to have that back up plan.”

Minkovski, seemingly disconcerted at this response, asked Patton if he supported an assault weapon ban.

“I think people can have whatever they want to as long as they’re responsible,” the rapper answered the question with ease.

Watch Big Boi discuss his affiliation with the Libertarian Party in the video below.




  1. Adan Rodriguez says:

    Yeah! Outkast telling it straight! Free your mind with the truth! These people know not what they vote for! Liberty is our right, not something that needs to be legalized by a federal government.

  2. Mike Keeler says:

    Any rapper who votes Republican or Libertarian is cool with me.