Big Boi Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors Review

Big Boi (of Outkast) recently released another solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, filled with  collaborations from a variety of indie music darlings and rap superstars.

Big Boi Vicious Lies and Dangerous RumorsWhere to begin?  Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is all over the place, spanning genres and sounds. Some songs are R&B slow jams, others have the booming bass of Southern rap, and finally there are the genre mash-ups featuring big name indie rockers. On this album, Big Boi collaborates with rap superstars Ludacris and T.I.; indie darlings Little Dragon and Phantogram; and surf rockers the Wavves. There is a little bit for everyone here.

I tended to gravitate toward the songs with the indie rockers.  I think the strong, distinct female vocals of Little Dragon and Phantogram add a lot to these songs.  My favorite tracks were “Objectum Sexuality” (featuring Phantogram) and “Shoes for Running” (featuring the Wavves) – both have been in heavy rotation. The 13 year-old in me enjoyed the ridiculously sexually explicit “She Said OK” (when asked Let me see your titties).  These extremely classy lyrics like this make me giggle – a lot.

Big Boi also announced that Little Dragon’s vocals on “Mama Told Me” were replaced with Kelly Rowland at the last minute due to some label dispute.  I like both versions of the song, but the smoky vocals of Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano edges out the autotuned pop singer Kelly Rowland.  Big Boi leaked the Little Dragon version to the net.  Get it here for free.

Verdict: Some of the collaborations with the indie rockers are fantastic. The rest of the album has some enjoyable tracks, but generally they lack originality and won’t hold your interest.  The collaboration I really want to see is Big Boi and Andre 3000 working on another Outkast album.

Standout Tracks: “Objectum Sexuality,” “Shoes for Running,” “Mama Told Me” (Little Dragon version)

Videos from Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

Big Boi
“Mama Told Me”(featuring Kelly Rowland)
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

Big Boi
“She Said OK”
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

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