Posts tagged "Big Boi"

Big Boi Signs To Epic Records

Big Boi first worked with L.A. Reid, then of Atlanta’s LaFace Records, when he and Andre 3000 tried to prove through songs and industry showcases that as OutKast, they were stars. So in OutKast’s 1994 single “Git Up, Git Out,” Big Boi makes sure to set the record straight. “I’m also down with LaFace ’cause L.A. Reid / yeah, he pays me,” he spits proudly.

On May 9, Big Boi announced that he’s reunited with Reid yet again. “I just signed a deal with Epic Records,” he says to The Huffington Post. “So I’m back with L.A. Reid and [Epic Records President] Sylvia Rhone. Got a brand new situation. I signed the deal the day after the first Coachella date, that Saturday.” As CEO of Island Def Jam, Reid inked Big Boi to a solo deal that expired with 2012′s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. More »

Phantogram On Sticking To Their Vision & The Status Of That Joint EP With Big Boi: Idolator Interview

Phantogram is one of those rare modern pop acts that thrived by keeping their own pace even as the industry around them became increasingly hectic and unpredictable. In 2009, they were an unknown duo putting together a debut album in a cabin in upstate New York, and after waiting more than four years, this year they put out a sophomore album that debuted all the way at No. 11. This seems impossible! Sure, Beyonce has the luxury to take as long as she’d like between projects. But go down a few levels, and a lot can go wrong in a similar amount of time: for instance, the industry could very well grind you down to dust (see: Sky Ferreira) or you could suffer a complete loss of good will (see: Azealia Banks).

But between 2009 and 2014, Phantogram have seemed to operate on their own plane, and avoided the common pitfalls. Between albums one and two, they offered up a couple EPs, signed to a major and benefitted from a confidence-boosting collaboration with one of their hip-hop idols, Big Boi. All the while, they never compromised their sonic mission, and that comes through in Voices, where the samples, beats and Barthel’s vocals all sound more muscular and evocative.

I spoke with the duo last week about their gradual rise to see how they’ve seemingly done everything right up to this point. Read on to find out why they’re still not done picking up speed, where the Big Grams project with Big Boi stands and which late night show has the best snacks. More »

Big Boi Nerds Out On ‘Game Of Thrones’ Mixtape Track “Mother Of Dragons”: Listen

This Game Of Thrones mixtape idea, Catch The Throne, is so great, even if it ends up being a terrible tape, because it’s giving us a chance to hear a bunch of rappers nerd out about one of the best and geekiest franchises in pop culture right now. It tells us we are not alone. When we’re freaking out about the Red Wedding or demanding to see more dragon action or stressing about King Joffrey, we know that Big Boi, Common, Wale and more are doing it, too (rappers, they’re just like us).

So here we have Big Boi’s contribution, “Mother Of Dragons,” which fans of the show will know is about the Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen. “Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons is one of my favorite characters,” he told VIBE. “The throne actually belongs to her and to see her plight to get back on top to where she belongs has been the thing… Like James Brown said, it’s the season to get the big payback.”

I guess if we’re not gonna get new music from Outkast, a Daddy Fat Sax song with the line “Fuck the Lannisters and everybody ridin’ with ‘em / Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch finna slide some iron in ‘em” is a fine consolation prize. Hear it below, and check out Wale’s “King Slayer,” which interpolates the show’s theme song, at Billboard. More »

Christina Aguilera Is Pregnant With Her Second Child: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Christina Aguilera is pregnant with her second child according to media reports. The happy news comes a couple of days after she announced her engagement to boyfriend Matt Rutler. Congratulations! [Digital Spy]

:: File this under extremely unlikely. Rihanna is apparently pursuing a healthier lifestyle now that she has reached the grand, old age of 26 and is thinking about reducing her marijuana intake. Sure. [Hollywood Life]

:: Pharrell is putting his iconic Vivienne Westwood-designed Grammy hat up for auction to raise money for charity. The eye-catching hat has already attracted a bid of $10,500. [Billboard]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Big Boi Shoots Down Outkast Album Rumors, Says He Is Working On ‘Game Of Thrones’ Mixtape

Big Boi chatted with Revolt TV over the weekend to talk about his upcoming projects, which include a solo album and a track on a forthcoming Game Of Thrones mixtape (!!!). Turns out he’s a big fan of the HBO show. While that’s all wonderful news, he also used the interview to set the record straight on rumors of a new Outkast record. Namely, there isn’t one.

“We’re just doing the tour only, just for the fans. That’s all it is, just the tour,” he said, before reiterating, “There’s no album in the works, no.” Guess that answers that. Watch the interview below. More »

Big Boi Upgrades “CPU” With Help From Sade: Listen

OutKast‘s Big Boi has updated one of his newest songs with help from a 1988 single. “CPU 2.0″ is a smoothed-out, reworked version of “CPU,” one of many Phantogram collaborations featured in Big Boi’s second album, 2012′s Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors.

It’s also a mash-up featuring Sade‘s “Nothing Can Come Between Us.” And it works.

Big Boi had released Vicious Lies to one recurring criticism — most of his forays into electrorock and psychedelia, courtesy of bands like Phantogram, Little Dragon and Wavves, simply didn’t gel. (While not bad, the glinting “CPU” does force Big Boi to reckon with Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel as if she was Siri, which only has him sounding wearier from the Information Age because of it.) With help from a funky bass and Sade’s reassuring hook, though, Big Boi actually sounds revitalized in “2.0.”

While promoting Vicious Lies, Big Boi — or Daddy Fat Saxx, or Sir Lucious Left Foot, oh great one either way — said that he’d love to work with Sade someday. Until then (and it should), he will be releasing reworked versions of Vicious Lies tracks weekly, as he plots a new solo album and preps for OutKast’s massive reunion tour. For now, check out “CPU 2.0″ after the jump. More »

Big Boi Confirms Plans For Another Solo Album

Big Boi recently spoke with Revolt TV, the source of most of the breaking Outkast-related news these days, and he confirmed rumors about another solo LP. In an interview regarding the Outkast reunion posted today (January 23), Big Boi told the network, “Look out for that new Big Boi solo record coming, too… It’s coming up, man. Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, and the next one — surprise!”

Earlier this week, Outkast producer Mr. DJ claimed Andre 3000 and Daddy Fat Sax are working on respective solo albums before anything involving new Outkast material. At that time, the duo’s rep told us there is “no announcement regarding new music.”

Check out the interview below. More »

Andre 3000 & Big Boi Reportedly Working On Solo Albums

UPDATE: We reached out to Outkast’s rep, who stated, “There is no announcement regarding new music at this time.”

There’s still not much clarity about whether Outkast‘s reunion tour is the endgame or if it’s going to be bundled with a new album from the duo. But Revolt TV is reporting that for now, no Outkast album is in the works… because Andre 3000 and Big Boi are each working on a solo album. Both rappers have been hitting up Stankonia Studios in Atlanta to record new material for separate solo projects, according to their producer Mr. DJ.

(For what it’s worth, Revolt was the first outlet to report Outkast’s 2014 reunion, so they’re on that ATLiens tip.) More »

Outkast Join Twitter & Instagram, Plot 40 Festival Dates

These days, your reunion isn’t official until you have a social media account to go along with it. So the soon-to-be-reunited Outkast have just launched their Twitter and Instagram feeds to keep fans buzzing about their forthcoming Coachella reunion and some 40 (!) live dates to follow. Yup, with their very first tweet today (January 13), the duo announced, “Outkast will return to the stage with a full festival run of over 40 dates to celebrate 20 years.” We didn’t even know there were that many festivals out there, but sure!

Head below to see the ATLiens’ first tweets and inaugural Instagram post.  More »

Outkast Reunion Alert: Did Frequent Collaborator Rico Wade Accidentally Confirm Coachella Rumors?

In a feature story about Future, Stereogum may have stumbled upon an accidental confirmation of Outkast‘s rumored plans to reunite at Coachella. Their writer spoke to Rico Wade, who is Future’s cousin and, more importantly for this story, one-third of Organized Noize, the Dungeon Family-affiliated production trio who worked with Outkast early on. While talking about Future’s start, Wade delved into Future’s connections to Dungeon Family, and in the process seemed to indicate the Outkast reunion was a done deal by saying he’s trying to land Future a guest spot in the duo’s Coachella sets.

Once again, we have a confirmation from someone close to Outkast, but not the guys themselves (or their camp). Big Boi and Andre 3000 at least acknowledged the rumors, though, posting photos in December of their recent time together in Atlanta. It’s another promising development for fans of the ATLiens, who may not have the complete answer until that pesky Coachella lineup is announced.  More »