The discord between Outkast fans continues as Big Boi granted MTV’s “RapFix Live” an interview recently promoting his new album “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors,” which drops in December.
Apparently when asked about why Andre 3000 is missing –yet again– on a second solo project from epic emcee, he made the following statement:
“He could’ve been on any song he wanted to. I gave the motherf*cker about five songs, but I guess he was just too busy,” Big Boi said when asked about Laface Records not authorizing an Andre 3000 collaboration. “He said he had to do some Gillette sh*t [room erupts in laughter]. No for real. He said he had some contractual obligations.”
Understandably fans erupted in outrage taking to blogs and twitter airing out their grievance. And after a full day of negative comments and press, Big Boi posted the following on his official twitter page:
“The Gillete Statement was me being Sarcastic, man y’all slow as hell, No Beef between me and Stacks. No More Outkast ?’s will be answered.”
Personally I consider myself quite quick, and nothing would have given me ANY indication that the aforementioned “contractual obligation” line was a joke. Outkast fans are smart and devoted music lovers. So for the homie Big Boi to be on his second solo album, and his other musical half has yet to make an appearance, but is collaborating with other artists in the game, leads me to believe it’s simply never going to happen.
But to lash out calling his fans “slow” claiming it was all joke that we failed to understand is leaving a bad taste in their mouths. Definitely not the goal when you’re asking folk to pony up their hard earned money on a new CD.
Perhaps we should all watch the actual interview rather than just read the comment. I don’t watch MTV so I didn’t see the actual footage. But the milk is definitely sour on his retraction. Not that I give 2 fux. I’ll take Big all by himself. I’ve stopped looking for a callab from 3 Stacks years ago. But that’s just me.
In Related News via Rolling Stone:
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors finds Big Boi experimenting with the melodic hip-hop/funk sound that Outkast pioneered, while still nodding to the contemporary sounds churning out of his native Atlanta. Tracks like “Apple of My Eye” and “CPU” are strong showings, with Big Boi courting a Georgia peach and dropping hefty technology punchlines, respectively. The previously released “Mama Told Me” is a synthy space-funk jam that explodes on stage – Big Boi played the studio version featuring Kelly Rowland, and then surprised fans with a rare rendition featuring Little Dragon that they premiered at a concert in Austin over the summer.
In fact, the collaborations on Vicious Lies are as definitive as Big Boi’s presence. The rapper fills the perceived void left by Andre’s absence with some of the most varied features on any rap album in recent memory. He resurrects Ludacris alongside T.I. on “In the A,” a hometown anthem that is heavily reminiscent of his minor 2005 hit “Kryptonite,” with the Purple Ribbon All-Stars. A$AP Rocky continues to rack up big features, dropping one of his more impressive verses on “Lines” alongside criminally underrated indie trip-hoppers Phantogram.
I have to become more familiar with this project. I’m so out of the musical loop.
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