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Why Is No One Talking Anout the Fact That Big Boi Just Dropped the Album of the Year?,
This review is from: Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Audio CD)
Seriously. Every song here has a pop hook (meant in the truest sense of the word) that transcends "hip hop". Like "Crazy", "Paper Planes", or, oh yeah "Hey Ya" , these are songs that sound instantly familiar, but not because they've bitten something that's been done before, but rather because they have a timeless quality to them. "Follow Us" has a chorus that you swear you've heard before. "General Patton" and "Night Night" have beats so perfect that you wonder how no one has thought of them sooner. "Be Still" makes you sad that songs that deserve to be the most popular in the nation will never even crack the Top 100, but still amps you up enough to find out who guest singer Janelle Monae is and what her album's all about. Then "You Ain't No DJ" brings just enough dissonance to ensure there's a little dirt under the nails of the album. Amazingly, but not surprisingly, Big Boi's raps avoid corny gangsterisms or cliched mic-prowess boasting. It's also a relief to know that Big Boi values his craft enough to use the endless delays that ensnared this record as an opportunity to continuously hone it into a stone classic. Then consider that the version available in the store, with previously released instant classics like "Shutterbug", "Fo Yo Sorrows", and, of course, "Shine Blockas", doesn't even include two absolute monster bangers featuring Andre 3000 that were left off by Def Jam ("Royal Flush", also featuring Raekwon, and "Lookin' For Ya", about which, after it leaked, Big Boi famously stated "You know, I'm no stranger to that Internet, baby.") For sure, Big Boi is on some Smiths-type stuff, even relegating a track like "Theme Song", aka "Ringtone", that would be a lead single on most hip hop albums to mere Sir Lucious bonus track status. Big Boi has dropped the album of the year so far, but it also cements his place in the pantheon, since he's probably the first rapper in history to be a part of four separate unimpeachable classics (Aquemini, Stankonia, Speakerboxxx, and Sir Lucious). OutKast fans have seemed to traditionally root for Andre 3000, probably because he's the eccentric weirdo with a jones for Parliament-Funkadelic. After Sir Lucious though, you wonder if all along Andre 3000 was merely Bootsy Collins and it was Big Boi who was George Clinton.
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Initial post: Jul 20, 2010, 6:50:44 PM PDT
why is no one talking? good question
Posted on Jul 21, 2010, 6:36:55 PM PDT
Did you seriously just leave ATLiens out of that list of classics? How can you list speakerboxx but not atliens!?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2010, 7:07:25 PM PDT
I didn't want to seem like a complete fanboy! Of course, I agree, ATLiens is awesome.
Posted on Jul 23, 2010, 12:04:52 AM PDT
Hayden Brian Hudson says:
I also think this is possibly the best hip-hop album of the year. I agree with you that Big Boi is basically showing that he is the best of the duo OutKast. I gotta wonder why you didn't list ATLiens and Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik when you listed Stankonia and Speakerboxxx. No big deal though, I like all OutKast albums except for "The Love Below". Good review, I left positive feedback on your review.
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