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Big Boi talks Atlanta Falcons, music scene

January, 14, 2013
Big BoiScott Cunningham/Getty ImagesRapper Big Boi showed love for his Atlanta Falcons Sunday by posting his video "In the A."
Rapper Big Boi calls life in his hometown of Atlanta the "Brotherhood."

It's his Atlanta Falcons with Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Turner, Matt Bryant, Roddy White, Julio Jones and others.

It's his Atlanta music scene with T.I., Ludacris, Cee Lo, Gucci Mane, Jermaine Dupri, Waka Flocka Flame and others.

Big Boi, one half of the multiplatinum duo Outkast, said the "ATL" is on top of the world right now, in sports and in music.

The Falcons beat Seattle on Sunday, are set to face the San Francisco 49ers this weekend in the NFC Championship Game, and Big Boi is stoked.

"There is no such thing as lose to me," Big Boi said. "I wasn't going to be sad if they lost, though. Well, unless I bet a lot of money."

On Sunday evening, Big Boi posted his video "In the A" from his new CD "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors" to show his love for the city.

Playbook had a few minutes with Big Boi to talk about his new CD, today's music scene and working with Andre 3000 again.

You've gotten a lot of positive reviews on your second CD. What did you think when you finished the product?

"I was relieved. I had been working on it for 13 months. I was on a promotional tour and I wasn't there when it was taken to master. I had to leave my baby at the last minute. But I'm really proud of the music."

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Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz is everywhere.

He signed with Def Jam this year, and will release his debut studio album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," on Aug. 14. The first single off the album, "No Lie," featuring Drake, has already been released.

He's just recently been featured on collaborations with Kanye West, Ciara and even on a Justin Bieber remix.

"I'm just enjoying life right now," he said during a recent visit to ESPN. "I don't want to come down."

Known for his "2 Chaaaainz!" announcement on tracks, the rapper has been getting a few shout-outs of late from one very famous fan: LeBron James. He's done it during his introduction at the NBA All-Star Game and during other games.

This is heady stuff for the 35-year-old 2 Chainz, a former basketball player at Alabama State whose real name is Tauheed Epps. For a guy who raps for a living, whose trademark is shouting his name, he speaks quietly and in reverential tones when talking about James.

"This is LeBron James we're talking about. And he listens to my music sometime before he goes into the game," 2 Chainz said. "He's aware of songs when they come out. And he's like a super-icon. It just makes me feel good that I'm actually tapping into that. Just makes me feel like I'm winning right now."

2 Chainz spoke to Playbook about his sudden stardom, the ties between athletes and musicians, and the Atlanta home-court advantage.

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