In comparison to hip-hop's collectively fawning over André 3000 through the years, hip-hop has often overlooked the incredible talents and consistency of one Antwan "Big Boi" Patton.
What André offers in the way of pure eclecticism and innovation, Big Boi has balanced with perfectly calculated swag and a dizzying array of flows and delivery techniques. It’s a large part of what made the OutKast dynamic work so well, and I don’t think Big Boi gets enough credit for his contributions.
Much like my favorite OutKast albums, Big Boi’s first solo album, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, holds a special place in my heart. With that album, Big Boi introduced me (and plenty others) to Yelawolf, led me to find one of my favorite mash-up albums of all time, and proved that he could more than hold his own without Three Stacks.
While I wasn’t a huge fan of his collaborative EP with Phantogram, there’s still been a solid hunger within me for some new Big Boi material, especially after his announcement of a joint EP with Killer Mike, who has spent the last few years rocketing to the top of my favorite MCs list.
That hunger was satiated yesterday (January 16) by an Instagram post from Big Boi announcing that his third solo album is finished and ready to be unleashed upon the ears of the masses.
Big Grams aside, Daddy Fat Sax has been relatively quiet since the release of his 2012 sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, so excitement for a full-length project from the ATLien is palpable.
Big Boi has always been one to take his time and craft something truly unique. Much like watching South Park, I grew up listening to Big Boi to see how he'd interpret the current state of affairs in this country, and so I can't wait to see how the last couple years will manifest in Big Boi’s musical commentary.
We’ve already got confirmations of a Gucci Mane guest feature as well as “a stupid jam with Killer Mike and Young Jeezy,” names that immediately stoke the already raging wildfire of excitement within the hearts of Big Boi fans everywhere.
While we wait to see what André 3000 makes of his recent quasi-comeback, I for one can’t wait to see what the other half of OutKast has to offer.