Big Boi‘s debut album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, will be a venture from the typical Outkast material that fans are familiar with. As the first album he’s done without partner Andre 3000, there’s no questioning the potential risk involved. Big Boi told MTV News, that although he’s going solo, he’s got a few friends featuring on the project. “On the album, I got Andre 3000, B.o.B, T.I., Jamie Foxx,” he said.
He previously revealed that Andre 3000 would appear on three tracks, including one produced by the latter. “I can’t speak on a whole lot of Outkast stuff, ’cause me and Dre got a top-secret agreement going on,” he said. “We won’t tell you nothing until it’s time to know. Y’all go get these solo albums first, how about that?”
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty is scheduled to release on July 6.
In other news, Diggy Simmons also spoke with MTV about his venture into solo artistry. He said that he gets many questions asking him about the pressure to continue the legacy of his father Rev Run, and his uncle Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons. “I get a lot of people [asking me about that] in interviews as well,” he told Sway of MTV. “They’re like, ‘Do you feel the pressure to uphold the legacy?’ I’m just like, ‘At the end of the day, I know who they are. But I’m really doing me.’ It’s like, I’m not feeling too much pressure, and I like it better that way. And I’ll make it for myself.”
He explained how he used Garage Band and a MacBook to produce his first tracks, and how he wants fans to recognize him for his lyricism and wordplay, rather than mistaking him for a “bubblegum, kiddie-bop” rapper. “That’s something I really focus on, because a lot of my inspiration in music, they vary. From Lupe [Fiasco] to A Tribe Called Quest…I love Mos Def. Real lyrical dudes in the game, that’s what I focus on. A lot of the time when you listen to music, you have no focus on what you listen to.”
Diggy signed to Atlantic Records in March, after releasing his freestyle “Made You Look.” He has not scheduled a date for his debut album.