Friday, 9 July 2010
BIG BOI: REAL HIP-HOP IS BACK ON TRACK.
If you've always been concerned about the music being played on radio these days, I feel respite is at your doorstep. I got hooked to the music of Outkast back in the mid 90's. I was in Lagos, Nigeria on holidays as a student of Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State and I'd rented a VHS tape of MTV Raps from a Video Store in the Ogba, Ikeja area of the Centre of Excellence. I discovered Buckshot Shorty and Black Moon through the tape, but I was stunned with the video of Outkast's 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik'. Over the years, I've become a huge fan of the group. You just can't ignore the amazing creativity of Andre Benjamin ( Andre 3000 )and Antwan Andre Patton ( Big Boi ). The fact they've received 6 Grammy awards and have sold 25 Million Albums as a group cements their name on Hip Hop Music's Walk of Fame.
Big Boi has just dropped his first official solo CD 'Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty' ( Def Jam, 2010 ) and hip-hop heads are already feeling his effort. Boi has been working on the album since 2004. He tested the waters by releasing 'Royal Flush', 'Something's Gotta Give' and two other songs on the internet. He got positive feedback from his fans but his Record Label, Jive Records, thought otherwise. Jive told him his album was not commercial enough and refused to release it. Big Boi was told to emulate Lil Wayne in order to appeal to people. Our hardworking brother ended his contract with Jive and teamed up with Def Jam in order to push his material. Although the executives at Jive Records stopped Boi from including some dope tracks he recorded with Andre 3000 on this album, we're still left with a good album in our hands.
Boi has stayed true to the Outkast style and I particularly love the single 'Shutterbugg' and its accompanying video. The song is enjoying heaving rotation on the web. Try and listen to 'Follow Us'( A collaboration with Vonnegutt ) and you'll feel getting a Time Machine and disappearing into the roaring 90's. Other songs like 'For Your Sorrows' and 'Royal Flush' will surely make your day. You need to get this CD as soon as possible. I'm happy that Big Boi did not sacrifice creativity for recognition. According to him- ' Nowadays the industry has gotten to be everything other than music, such as who you're sleeping with or getting locked up or beef. I'm here to get back to this music. ' His album was already No 4 on Amazon's hip-hop best-selling pre-orders chart before it was released some days ago. With rappers like Wale, J-Cole and Yelawolf laying bars, we might just be seeing a revival of real hip-hop music.
Where to find Big Boi online: www.bigboi.com, www.myspace.com/bigboi
Sources: bigboi.com, The Independent,UK, RV.