When I heard that Big Boi from the hip-hop group Outkast was making a solo album…. I wasn’t skeptical in the least. Remember all the way back to 2003 when Speakerboxxx/The Love Below arrived? This fantastic LP from the we-can-do-no-wrong duo actually turned out to be the start of their separation. The double LP was the first solo album from Big Boi and Andrè 3000 respectively. Their ideas were clashing and soon there was talk of a break-up. The group had seemingly different goals.
Now in 2010, a few years after their proposed solo albums were announced, one has finally arrived… and a good one at that! Big Boi’s “second” solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, is everything an Outkast fan would want to hear, minus Andrè 3000 of course. This album is just like a sequel to Speakerboxxx. This time around, however, it feels fresher and, if possible, even more produced.
“Shutterbugg,” the first single off the album, hits hard with heavy bass singing, thunderous claps, and a great synth piano floating above it all. The song is all about clubs, taking pictures (Shutterbugg referring the shutter of a camera), getting drunk, and growing up in his hometown Atlanta: “Uh, I keep it playa while some choose to play it safe/ Boy check the resume, it’s risky business in the A/ And I’ve been a witness to this history/ Ever since the 10th grade/ We went from rockin brades to temp fades.” Also check out “General Patton,” “Tangerine,” and “Shine Blockas.”
Big Boi has a keen ear for catchy and sometimes anthemic songs that allow people to come together and join him for the ride. It seems like he really put a lot of noticeable effort into this album and I’m sure that people will appreciate its ambitiousness. Personally I think this is a fantastic album for any fan of Big Boi or Outkast’s work. “I’m up on my grind shorty”. Yes Big Boi, you are.
You can preview the entire album here: http://www.myspace.com/bigboi