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“If ya’ll don’t know me by now, ya’ll ain’t never gonna know me,” Big Boi sighs at the opening of his bold new album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Dude’s got a point: While most everyone remains fixated on when, and if, the Atlanta MC will ever reunite with his erstwhile, Gillette razor-hawking Outkast partner, Andre 3000, Big Boi continues to quietly prove himself one of the game’s fiercest and most inventive artists on his own. 2010′s brilliant Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty – labeled as the MC’s first official solo effort, although 2003′s Speakerboxx essentially accomplished this – solidified his status as a fully independent artist. Now his latest finds the man fully emancipated and free to explore his wildest ambitions.
On Vicious Lies there’s no genre, collaborator or experiment too out-there for Daddy Fat Sax. What’s more impressive though, is that (nearly) all of it works. Whether he’s chopping it up with underrated indie-pop duo Phantogram on the electro drugged-out funk groove “CPU,” letting Wavves’ Nathan Williams go punk-apocalyptic on “Shoes For Running,” or unspooling Xanax-popping depression rap alongside Kid Cudi during “She Hates Me,” it’s Big Boi’s willingness to go for broke that sells… read more »