Photos by Reginald Duvivier
Tuesday night, Big Boi touched down in Brooklyn to promote his latest solo effort, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. As a part of his New York press tour (which included a testy Village Voice interview), the Atlanta MC gave a select audience at Converse’s Rubber Tracks studio a glimpse of the project, with a live performance and played tracks from select cuts from the album. Of course, it’s always great to see a legend at work.
The album retains the sonic DNA from his last two solo efforts–Speakerboxx and the underrated Sir Lucious Left Foot..–but finds Mr. Patton being a bit more experimental. Sure, the expected hip-hop collaborators are present–Big Krit, ASAP Rocky, etc–but the album sees him reaching out and working with such acts as Phantogram and Little Dragon on some tracks. It’s a slight, but noticeable change from his prior work.
To be honest, any Big Boi solo work, will be a disappointment to those waiting for a full fledged Outkast reunion. We’ll withhold more judgement about the album when it drops on December 11th, however.