Following the OutKast AtLast festival, a series of concerts from OutKast which took place in Atlanta, Georgia last year, Goodie Mob lyricist Big Gipp says he was inspired to give back to fans for their 20 years of love.
“It all came about after we did the OutKast AtLast concert,” Big Gipp said. “And just to see 30,000 people come out and see us from Friday to Saturday, which we brought over 100,000 people to the city, man. From all over the world to see us do our music together for the last time, man. That was something that it really touched my heart. So, that’s what made me go into myself and say ‘What can I do for these fans?’ Because the love they been giving us for 20 years, I had to give something back. So, I went in and I gave them 18 new songs.”
According to the Atlanta rapper, Mr. Get Down has gone on to receive close to 100,000 downloads since its release in late November.
During his interview, Big Gipp also discussed his new deal with Epic Records and the backlash that followed fellow Goodie Mob artist Cee Lo Green’s comments about rape and consent. Following the comments Cee Lo made on Twitter, Big Gipp says his “Shine Like Gold” record with the singer/rapper was pulled.
“What happened was I did my new deal with Epic Records right at the end of ,” he said. “And me and Cee Lo put a record out called ‘Shine Like Gold.’ And it was my first reintroduction into the music business. I signed with Epic Records. I’m back home with Sylvia Rhone and L.A. Reid. So, I was happy. We put that record out, it was like a worldwide record. It came out. It charted Top 20 in the U.K., Australia, Japan. And then my little brother went on Twitter and said something and they pulled my record. It’s all good cause sometimes man, we don’t know what social media can do. We didn’t know that the laws and the things you shouldn’t do, so we just learned from the situation. We not trippin’. So, what I did was I didn’t trip I just went back into my laptop. And I pulled all these songs that I had just laying in my laptop. And said ‘Let me just do a record for the streets. So, at least I can give them something before I drop the album.’”