Big Boi "Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors" Album Preview

Exclusive: HipHopDX was in Brooklyn this week when Big Boi unveiled a large portion of his second Def Jam Records solo. This one features T.I., Ludacris, Kid Cudi and A$AP Rocky.

Rapper Big Boi’s promotional push for his second solo album, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, rolled into Converse’s Rubber Tracks studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this week where OutKast’s musically active half previewed selections for a gathering of media members. The Def Jam Records release is expected to include 14 songs (17 in the deluxe edition) and appearances by T.I., Ludacris, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Kelly Rowland, Little Dragon, and Phantogram.

In contrast to static listening sessions where the artist simply spins the recorded tracks, Daddy Fat Sax detoured from convention and performed three cuts live, as well. One of which, the easy-going ditty “Mama Told Me” was originally written by Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, but - due to a label dispute between Dragon’s former imprint, Peacefrog Records, and it’s current, Universal Music - now features Kelly Rowland. Big Boi also rocked “CPU (Computer Screen),” a funky new age ode described by his in-house production team, The Flush as “OutKastic.” After hearing it live, it’s difficult to disagree. “CPU” would fit in lovely with the tail end of Aquemini.    

Aside from the Phantogram and A$AP Rocky-assisted “Lines” that exploded across the internet last week, “In The A” and “She Hate Me” were easily the evening’s biggest crowd pleasers. The former unites Big Boi with fellow Atlanta Kings T.I. and Ludacris lyrically jousting over a raucous, deep trap banger with a hook reminiscent of Purple Ribbon’s 2005 chest-pounder, “Kryptonite.” The latter finds Big Boi reflecting on a relationship gone bad with Kid Cudi crooning the chorus. Both joints move in the spirit of vintage Dungeon Family, and frankly, both joints jam.     

Since only seven songs were previewed in their entirety, not enough was revealed to venture to the heart of the Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors motif. But Big Boi remains at an interesting career juncture. Depending on how 2003’s magnanimous Speakerboxx/The Love Below is viewed, Vicious Lies is reluctantly his third solo record. Even the 25-song soundtrack Idlewild, only has four songs featuring both Big and Dre, which makes 2000’s Stankonia the last true OutKast release. While Sylvester The Unskippable has consistently maintained that the prospects of a future ‘Kast full-length sits squarely with his brother from another mother, Andre 3000, unfortunately, 3 Stacks doesn’t seem to be any closer to hopping back in that intergalactic Cadillac with his fellow dope boy.

Regardless, Sir Lucious Left Foot has grown in the 13 years since that last proper ‘Kast project. He’s consistently introduced the world to a decade’s worth of top shelf artists like The Flush, Killer Mike, Janelle Monae, for example, and remained sonically inline with the times. Unlike many Golden Era luminaries, he’s has never struggled to adjust to Hip Hop’s changing sound. Arguably, there’s an entire generation now that reveres Big more for his work as The Son Of Chico Dusty than Southerplayalistic. Those vicious lies and dangerous rumors that he’s deflected with class in seemingly every interview he’s done since Dre first donned a diaper on The Chris Rock Show are officially an unfortunate distraction from the art Daddy Fat Sax never stopped crafting. “I’m truly one of the baddest motherfuckers to ever do it / Done did it,” raps Big on “The Thickets.” “Going through it again and can’t nobody stop me 'cause I / Occupy these streets while these niggas just drive by shopping.” Creatively, even as a solo artist, at least one ATLien continues to carry on tradition.             

Big Boi’s Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors available on December 11

RELATED: The Flush Discuss OutKast's Legacy, Preview Big Boi's Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors Album



  • ccD

    big boi still rocking. fuck andre 3000. diva pussy. been in hiding for 10 years. taking horrible movie parts he stinks in, and now he's filming gillete commercials because he gets nothing but straight to DVD offers in the acting field. like the jimi hendrix movie, which isn't allowed to use jimi's licensed music because jimi's estate knows the movie is going to be low budget CRAP for a buck. big boi deserves more respect. andre deserves more criticism. why is it he only comes outta hiding to rap for guys that are paying for his feature by blowing 1/2 the album budget? he doesn't mind recording with drake john legend or rick ross but big boi can't get the time of day. big boi's out here repping the O tearing down stages across the world, while andre 3000 films razor ads where he's dressed like a caveman, not wanting to do the only thing he's good at, which is rap. very sad.

    • zxti

      you are right. now it is completly obvious that dre is the one responsible for the outkast brak up. he fucked up the best hip hop duo of all times.


    Big Boi needs to keep making music solo and just forget about Dre. And if the day ever comes where Dre is ready to do a Kast album then go from there but there has been no better time for him to shine then now...Shit just look at Juicy J...Do you think people give a fuck about another 3-6 album now? Not as much as they're worried about when that new Juicy J gon drop. Big Boi should take the same approach with his grind. Make them forget about Kast then hit them wit it when they least expect it.

  • jerryc

    god this guy putts out quality. Every album i get is a let down now;but I know big boi still knows and hasnt strayed from the recipe. Its not just lyrics that make an album god(kendrick), nor is it just catchy hooks;you need lyrics, hook, beat. All three. Every classic has all 3. by the way...ass ass ass isnt a good hook. Juicy has a good hook, Through the wire, Ms. get the point? Big Boi had allthree on son of chico dusty. If dre werent so opposed to making rap, we would still have a great team making quality in a game with none.

  • Anonymous

    is this a preview 2 tracks????? This site more wack then waka flocka and gucci mane together

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