Big Boi: Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

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Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
(Island Def Jam)

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Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, the second solo album from Big Boi (the other half of legendary rap group OutKast) is highly sexy and addictive music. It often consists of moody indie rock fire infused with futuristic electronica and the foundational rap delivery and witty rhyme play that made the world take notice and fall in love with OutKast with the release of their first album in 1994. Their fifth album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, a double album, won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2004. Highly decorated in Grammy wins, Big Boi continues to testify to that unique sonic mix. Seductive, funk-fueled bass and drums fill most tracks with an auspicious and bona fide wicked evolution of soul and rhythm and blues that still oddly feels vintage but all parts hardcore and limitless. Diverting from that, the single, “Descending,” is stripped down and somber. It moves with modest drums, acoustic guitar and heart-rending lyrics. Adding to the vocals is lead singer of the hot indie Swedish group Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano. The song biographically addresses some of the sobering emotions Big Boi experienced having lost his father. The pop punk push of “Shoes for Running” features B.o.B and Wavves with pointed lyrics that challenge the one percent, profit mongering and complacency in a world still riddled with injustice. Kelly Rowland adds sweet fun to “Mama Told Me,” as it feels inspired by a Prince-esque pop gem circa 1985. “CPU” features New York’s edgier, impressively arty rock group Phantogram and is a beautifully breezy futuristic pop jam enhanced with sweet piano riffs and a soft bite of a slightly organic yet industrial sound. Other artists featured on the album are UGK, Big K.R.I.T, Kid Cudi, Ludacris, Killer Mike, TI, A$AP Rocky, Sleepy Brown and more.

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