Originally Posted to Blogcritics:
Rapper/producer Big Boi is a man of many talents. He is one half of OutKast, Hip Hop???s most prolific duo. His film Idlewild (which he and Andre Benjamin both worked on) was bought by Universal Pictures. He has guest appeared on numerous singles from artists like Omarion, Trick Daddy, Missy Elliot and most recently Brooke Valentine???s ???Girlfight.??? Now he is releasing (through Virgin Records) two albums off his own custom label, Purple Ribbon. The first of the two is Big Boi Presents???Got Purp? Vol. II. The second is Bubba Sparxxx???s new album Space Mountain .
Big Boi Presents???Got Purp? Vol II, is a strong debut. It features rap and R&B stars who already have a name (Killer Mike, Bubba Sparxxx, Goodie Mob, Bun B, Konkrete, just to name a few) as well as ones who are on the up and coming.
The twenty-three tracks (fifteen songs, eight interludes) move together seamlessly. The songs are all well produced and encompass a variety of sounds ranging from straight up hip hop to grimy Southern gangsta to smooth soul and R&B. Tracks like “Dungeon Family Dedication” (featuring Killer Mike) “Claremount Lounge” (featuring Bubba Sparxx and Killer Mike), “Hold On” (featuring Goodie Mob) “808” (featuring Bun B and Big Gee) and the previously released single “Kryptonite” (featuring the Purple Ribbon Allstars) are down and out rap tracks. They are a showcase of the copious amounts of talent that is out there in the Hip Hop community right now.
However the talent doesn”t stop with these songs. The soulful sounds that make up “Me, My Baby and My Cadillac” (featuring Sleepy Brown), “U Got Me” (featuring Scar” and “Lettin Go” (featuring Janelle Monae) add another level to the album. According to SOHH.com, soulful crooner Scar is Big Boi”s “secret weapon.” Scar is also featured on the track “What Is This” along with Cee-Lo. Janelle Monae is also a refreshing new sound. Her tracks are up beat and danceable, which, with a voice like hers, is a powerhouse of a combination. Her voice evokes the soulful sounds of Angie Stone and Jill Scott but maintains a pop sound that is memorable and delightful.
The album, set to be released November 22nd, is a definite must have. Whether for your next party, your next joy ride or just your next fun night at home, this album will get you on your feet and dancing.