Hip Hop / Rap
|No. of Discs:||2|
Includes the electrifying single "Mama Told Me" featuring Kelly Rowland
Guest appearances by T.I., A$AP Rocky, Ludacris, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Kid Cudi, B.O.B. and others!
"Big Boi starts his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Def Jam), reminding listeners that he's 'one-half of the mind of Outkast,' the hip-hop duo (with André 3000) from Atlanta that released its last album, 'Idlewild,' in 2006. Memories probably aren't that short. And once Big Boi's solo career got moving — his 2010 album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, was delayed by record-company conflicts — it was clear that he was keeping what made Outkast so memorable: Fast-talking rhymes alongside full-fledged tunes that might draw on funk, new wave, club beats or hip-hop. Pop choruses didn't mean the songs were trivial.
"Big Boi (born Antwan Patton) also maintained the persona he brought to Outkast. While André 3000 often had cosmic considerations, Big Boi represented the street: cocky and raunchy. Singles leading up to the release of Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors — 'Gossip' and 'She Said OK,' both included on the album's deluxe edition — continued to boast and leer.
"The amiable Outkast swagger comes through on the album too, particularly in 'Mama Told Me,' which Big Boi shares with Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child. A longtime Outkast production team, the Flush, came up with a track of sparkly keyboard-centered funk with a whistling hook and more than a hint of Prince; amid Big Boi's self-praise, Ms. Rowland sings, 'Be true to self and you'll go far.'
"But here, Big Boi, who's 37, also reveals some angst. The hymnlike 'Tremendous Damage' mourns his father's death, while in 'She Hates Me,' with Kid Cudi groaning the chorus, Big Boi's romance crumbles because, among other things, 'I'm always at the studio.'
"Along with producers from the Outkast stable, the album features new collaborators like the punky rock band Wavves, who rev up 'Shoes for Running,' a song about class warfare and the inevitability of death. Big Boi also works with two electronic pop acts, the whispery Little Dragon and the duo Phantogram, whose specialty is synthesized pomp." — The New York Times
|The Thickets - feat. Sleepy Brown|
|Apple Of My Eye|
|Objectum Sexuality - feat. Phantogram|
|In The A – feat. T.I. & Ludacris|
|She Hates Me – feat. Kid Cudi|
|CPU – feat. Phantogram|
|Thom Pettie – feat. Little Dragon & Killer Mike|
|Mama Told Me – feat. Kelly Rowland|
|Lines – feat. A$AP Rocky & Phantogram|
|Shoes For Running – feat. B.O.B. & Wavves|
|Raspberries – feat. Mouche & Scar|
|Tremendous Damage – feat. Bosko|
|Descending feat. Little Dragon|