With OutKast’s Big Boi finally inking a deal with Def Jam last week to release his Sir Luscious Left Foot solo album, the rapper sat down with www.gyantunplugged.com to discuss his past and present label situations, as well as future endeavors.
“It was a lot of behind the scenes, label politics, basically.” said Big Boi in the video interview. “A lot of people don’t know, we started at LaFace Records with LA Reid, a very creative mind. He definitely gave us an avenue to make the music we wanted to make.”
Big Boi went on to explain LaFace’s acquisition by another company with whom he didn’t have a personal relationship. However, Jive finally allowed Big Boi to make a move to Def Jam. “Just recently, as of maybe three weeks ago, they gave me the opportunity to take the album elsewhere. I called my big brother LA Reid, he said, ‘Meet me in Miami.’ The next day, we flew to Miami, played him the music, he said, ‘Let’s do it,’ [and the] deal is done.”
Describing himself “Happy as hell,” Big Boi allayed any ideas that he may be concerned with Def Jam’s perceived lack of present-day marquee artists. “I’m not even concerned with nothing but me. People might say [Def Jam] doesn’t have any hot artists, but he got the number one record with Ludacris’ last week…My album is a musical nuclear bomb, and we finna drop it.”