Big Boi Discusses How Former Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid Helped His Career (VIDEO)


by Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)

(AllHipHop News) Veteran music business executive L.A. Reid is responsible for helping to advance the careers of OutKast, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, TLC, Usher, Rihanna, Pink, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Future, 21 Savage, and others.

However, Reid’s legacy took a hit this year when he was accused of harassing an employee while working at Epic Records.

Those reports emerged shortly after it was announced Reid would no longer serve as Chairman/CEO of the label.

Everyday Struggle host Joe Budden strongly criticized the former Island Def Jam Music Group head.

Budden called Reid a “sexual predator” and blasted his ex-boss for not truly understanding Hip Hop culture or rappers.

In an interview with The Breakfast Club, OutKast’s Big Boi was asked about Reid’s connection to Hip Hop.

“The track record speaks for itself. We’re the only rap group to ever win Album of the Year at the Grammys. We still got that belt,” stated Big about the man who signed his group to LaFace Records in the early 1990’s. “I’m not a platinum recording artist. I’m a diamond recording artist.”

The Atlanta native also talked about how Reid and LaFace allowed OutKast to own their publishing which is a source of income that many signed acts are not initially granted.

Big Boi addressed receiving business advice from his longtime associate as well.

“L.A. taught me to invest in what you know,” he revealed.

According to Big, it appears Reid is not done making moves in the entertainment industry.

The “Mic Jack” spitter stated, “He’s good. Y’all just stay tuned.”

Big Boi just dropped his third solo album Boomiverse which was released through Epic Records.