Big Boi - Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (2012)
Anyone that knows hip-hop… I’m sorry, let me rephrase this, anyone that has been alive in the last 20 years knows the music of Outkast. Immediately by knowing Outkast you can’t help but think of their original style and the inevitable influence they brought to many future artists in the hip-hop game. Two fantastic examples would be “The Way You Move” and “Hey Ya!” released by Big Boi and André 3000 respectively, both tracks being from the 2003 double LP Outkast released entitled Speakerboxxx/The Love Below which while being considered an Outkast record, also served as a starting point for both artists solo careers.
On December 11th, 2012, Big Boi released his 3rd and latest solo record Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Featuring guest appearances by other artists such as Wavves, T.I., Ludacris, Kid Cudi, Little Dragon, and Theophilius London (to name a few) Big Boi seems to have come a long way since his 2010 solo release Sir Lucious Left Foot. Throughout this record Big Boi seems to blur the lines between hip-hop and many other musical genres.
Big Boi whose real name is Antwan Patton, seems to have made a record full of emotion and a bit of an inside view to his real life at times. With slower hip-hop ballads like “She Hates Me” talking heavily about relationships and the roller-coaster ride of emotions they can be to more upbeat dance heavy songs like “Apple of My Eye” this record covers all of the bases needed to make a well rounded, unpredictable, and enjoyable record. One of many tracks that really seem to stand out is the electronically charged track entitled “CPU” featuring Indie Pop Rockers Phantogram, the song lyrically seems bring about themes of the world of technology and computers and it’s effect on human interaction. Another unexpected track features Surf Rockers Wavves titled “Shoes for Running” opening with Nate Williams chanting the hook “Shoes for running, and I’ll race ya, sun is coming, it’ll chase ya, through this dead beat town, through this dead beat town. The end is coming, I will race ya, but there’s no running, it’ll chase ya, death will hunt you down, death will hunt you down” before Big Boi explodes into a fury of lyrics in his signature style of speed and precision.
This record for me was full of surprises and seems to break all genre rules, if there ever were any to begin with. Indie Rockers Waaves, Phantogram, and Little Dragon along with a plethora of hip-hop superstars make each track a new adventure and keeps your attention if only to hear what Big Boi will do next to blow your mind all over again. It seems as though while André 3000 has been busy with his acting career and random and unexpected Gillette razor commercials, Patton has been a busy man putting together an amazing record full of collaborations that will hopefully be the start of something that can only get bigger and bigger, although after listening to this record, I am not sure how he can top this one.
For Fans of: Outkast, Kanye West, and Gnarls Barkley.