Big Boi Plays With Pet Owls in the Studio to Celebrate Outkast's 20th Anniversary

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Big Boi performs onstage during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival - Day 2 at Citi Field on September 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Outkast once claimed on the 1998 song "Slump" that they'd forever holler "Hootie Hoo!" if they ran into the police. These days, Big Boi is checking for exotic birds instead of the law to bring these words to life.

While taking a break from a recent studio session, Big Boi showed his 1.5 million Instagram followers how to get down with wildlife, specifically a couple of owls and a cockatoo. 

In one clip, the 45-year-old hip-hop legend can be seen talking to two owls named "Hootie" (fitting) and "Hoodini" and cautiously petting one of them on its head. In another, he bounces in unison with a dancing white cockatoo called "Lucky."

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Monday 🛸 “ Hootie “ & “ Hoodini “

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“ Lucky “

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"Go lucky, go lucky, go lucky," he says while snapping his fingers. Could there be a Big Boi's bird zoo on the way?

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Outkast's classic album 'Stankonia,' originally released circa Halloween 2000, Big Boi and his former partner André 3000 have published a rare remix of their single "B.o.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)" by Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine.

Per Rolling Stone, de la Rocha recorded the grungy guitar addition in Atlanta around the time 'Stankonia' dropped in 2000. "I’m a fan of the Rage sound so it was an honor to have Zack involved in a remix," Andre said in an even rarer statement. Big Boi continued, "Zack added an extra layer of grunge to a masterpiece."

Three Stacks went as far as to say that he "wouldn’t have done 'Bombs Over Baghdad' if it weren’t for Rage Against the Machine" during a Dec. 2019 interview with Rick Rubin on the Broken Record podcast. "Because I felt [an] urgency in their music, so I was like, 'How can I add urgency to what we’re doing?'" he explained.

Along with "B.o.B.," the platinum hits "Ms. Jackson" and "So Fresh, So Clean" will each receive a re-release bundle this Friday, Oct. 30, including the instrumental and acapella versions and more.