The story of how these two iconic acts came together is modern music history at its best. OutKast co-founder Big Boi, a true music fan of all genres, was surfing the web and trying to close some pop-up ads when New York duo Phantogram’s “Mouthful of Diamonds” started auto-playing. Taken aback by their sound, Big Boi stopped what he was doing to Shazam the track to figure out who it was. He liked it so much that he arranged for a meeting and thus, the kinship and now collaboration was born. While the melding of their unique and individual sounds came together in the most organic way, it’s obvious that these three musicians were destined to join forces.
Phantogram and Big Boi collaborated on a handful of tracks from Big Boi’s second solo album, 2012’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Island Def Jam), namely “CPU,” “Lines” and “Objectum Sexuality,” the latter also produced by Phantogram’s Josh Carter. They all stayed in touch and shared music with each other regularly. In late 2015, they released BIG GRAMS (Epic), which included collaborations with Skrillex and Run the Jewels, and turned what had started as a fun side-project between friends into a festival main-stage staple through the summer of 2016.
Though its members have each since released Billboard Top-10 albums and kept busy with tours on their own (Phantogram’s THREE (Republic) in 2016, and Big Boi’s BOOMIVERSE (Epic) in 2017) the group has promised that there’s more Big Grams music to come.