In case you were wondering, and we knoooow you were, Big Heed and Alien, AKA “The Rapper and The Drummer,” met while playing instruments together in the church choir. Their childhood dream of making it big became a reality when an appearance on BET’s 106 and Park landed them a recording contract.
Born Shaheed “Heed” Smith and Ali “Alien” Warren in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Big Heed and Alien both began nurturing their musical interests early on. Alien started out on the back of his parent’s pots and pans and Heed with the first keyboard his mother bought for him at 10 years old. They both honed their skills during countless hours of isolation while on punishment. Alien remembers fondly, “My mother realized I was having more fun [in my bedroom] than going to school, so she bought me my first drum set & piano and let me practice as a reward.”
Separately they developed their talents exploiting the local music scene. Alien started out with local bands eventually playing drums for acts such as Airof Stereograph, B.O.B and Travis Porter. Already a talented MC, Heed was invited to a studio session with the Dungeon Family after meeting Andre 3000 at a performance at the Tabernacle. From that experience, he was able to log one on one time with Cee-Lo Green where he learned valuable skills that shaped him as a producer.
In 2008, Merovingian Music executive Robert Watson convinced the two artists to join forces (Heed is the MC and Alien is the drummer; together they make up Big Heed and Alien). First performing at local Atlanta venues and prominent events such as the Annual Luda Day Block Party & the bi-annual Sweet Auburn Festival leading to an appearance on BET’s 106 & Park as part of Wild Out Wednesday. Eventually they were asked to return as the show’s first ever house band, playing for subsequent Wild Out Wednesday contestants. The grooming from Watson and Merovingian Music head Jack Ponti, (known for successes with Bon Jovi, India Arie, etc.) lead the duo to a deal with Battery Records/Jive Label Group. “From the moment we saw that unbridled passion and creativity in Big Heed and Alien on BET, we knew there was something special here,” says Ponti regarding the recent signing.
With their music best described by Heed as, “totally out of this world,” they hope to spread a message of fun. Their debut album The Big Heed and Alien Show features their first single, “Tipsy,” which broke on Sirius Hits 1 radio, is a high energy record about how to use liquor to have a good time. “They have a really refreshing sound consisting of an MC and live drummer which completely cuts thru sonically. Their first single is a crossover smash with a very wide appeal” says Neil Levine, SVP & GM of Battery Records.
These boys are dope!! Check out our dope interview, and videos, below…
we don’t understand the word love.
MONEY (WHEN TURK BG AND JUVY WERE IN IT), SADE, MARVIN GAYE, EARTH WIND
AND FIRE, LL COOL J…
4. With having already working with 2 of the most eclectic forces in music, Cee-Lo and Andre 3000, are you afraid to being limited to a certain category of music?
Fear is only an illusion so we don’t speak to one another anymore.
6. How big a part does fashion play in your image?
Fashion is cool.. but I rather have something made….but a wife beater some jeans and some chuck taylors are cool with me.
7. Are there any Must Haves you simply cannot live without when it comes to either fashion and/or music?
10. Lastly, are you ready for this ride?
Have you heard their single “Tipsy?”
Originality at it’s finest!
[Interview done by @LaurenOfSFPL]