As fans await another Outkast album, Big Boi has dropped a new song with Kelly Rowland. He recently offered some insight into the Outkast reunion possibilities and why his new album Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors will be so good to your ears.
With Outkast on hiatus, Big Boi has remained busy busy, playing super-dad to his 11 year old as well as recording brand new music for his upcoming album, including a pair of songs with Kelly Rowland. The first song, “Mama Told Me,” may be tearing up the charts for the first time, but the song itself has stuck around for a while.
He decided to work with Kelly to re-record the song which has since become a hit. Big Boi’s other new single, “She Said OK,” is pretty sexually explicit, and the rapper jokingly offered an explanation: “You know, me and Rick James have the same birthday. I like to keep it exciting.”
The Outkast rapper said he will drop his new album by the end of the year, although he doesn’t have an exact date yet.
“I’m tweaking the end of it. Some of the best songs came [about] at the end, I kinda stumbled on some new grooves, so I’m just taking my time so I can finish it up,” he said. “I’m putting sprinkles on the cake.”
The two songs released so far are very different, and Big Boi promises the rest of the album will be just as eclectic.
“The album is electro-funk,” he said. “No two songs sound alike.”
He credits his grandmother for the title inspiration, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. She wanted to write a book and was very heavily involved in the streets, to the point where her story would possibly cause some trouble for her community.
“If I write a book, I’m gonna have to tell it all. It might destroy some households,” he said, recalling what his grandmother told him. “She was cold blooded.”
The title also relates to the ongoing– and untrue– rumors that there’s any hostility between Big Boi and his Outkast partner Andre 3000.
“That plays in it, too,” he said. “People don’t even know what they’re talking about. But they’re gonna learn.”
The list includes several newcomers to the game, and Big Boi believes there is a lot of potential superstars in the next generation of artists.
“A$AP is definitely gonna do good… You gotta look out for Big K.R.I.T., too,” said Big Boi. “Big K.R.I.T. put out a couple of dope mixtapes… He’s a producer as well as an artist, and I got nothing but total respect for Big K.R.I.T.”
Another rising star who has some very clear connections to Big Boi is Future, with many suggesting Big Boi mentored the young artist. Big Boi explains the rapper’s rise to fame was much more collaborative. “Future is actually part of the Dungeon Family. He was in a group called Da Connect, and they were the studs. It was like the young cats coming up under me and Andre and Goodie Mob and everybody at the Dungeon. He’s definitely Dungeon Family.”
Outkast’s future is still up in the air, although Big Boi said he’s ready anytime.
“It’s really all on whenever Dre is ready to do it, we’ll do it.” Big Boi dismisses the talk that the two would be splitting up for good. “That was a vicious lie and a dangerous rumor, to say he wasn’t doing music no more,” Big Boi teased. “You see what I’m saying?”