Interview with Earl Arnold (Big Earl), June 30, 2016

Collection: Athens Music Project Oral History Collection

Dublin Core


Earl Arnold, aka Big Earl, talks about his early life in Harlem, collaborating with rapper Big Al, living in the Bethel Homes apartments (known as B-Town) in Athens, Georgia, and releasing music with the group Big Earl and the Twin boys. He compares his sound to that of Lo' Down and Duddy, another Athens hip-hop group. He talks about releasing his solo album Life on the Line, moving to Los Angeles to produce music, and returning to Athens. Arnold talks about pairing up with Trap Boy in 2012, the Athens Hip-Hop Awards as a platform for artist recognition, and the potential for cultivating mainstream artists in Athens. He also reflects on his songwriting and recording process and the importance of teamwork in producing music.






Oral History Item Type Metadata


Athens, Georgia


37 minutes


Earl Arnold and Dennis Knowa Johnson, “Interview with Earl Arnold (Big Earl), June 30, 2016,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 3, 2020,