“The OutKast MC’s latest single rides an electro-funk groove so spry, Prince-ly and ‘80s-inspired that you can practically see Molly Ringwald roller-skating to it. Big Boi sounds typically light on his feet, speed-drawling comparisons between himself, Mozart and Van Gogh, while Kelly Rowland plays airy hook girl, reciting ‘Mama’s’ practical advice. It’s neon-lit pop fun – a straightforward crowd pleaser from a rap hall of famer.” (Rolling Stone “Top Singles,” Oct. 25, 2012)
In advance of Big Boi‘s second stand-alone solo album, VICIOUS LIES AND DANGEROUS RUMORS, arriving in stores December 11th on Purple Ribbon/Def Jam Recordings, Diamond-selling, seven-time Grammy Award ®-winning General has released a new single to overwhelming critical reception, “Mama Told Me” featuring fellow Grammy ®-winner Kelly Rowland.
“Mama Told Me” is quickly gaining buzz as “a slippery piece of ‘80s funk pastiche” according to music buzz site Stereogum. Comparison to Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer the Purple One (see the 3-star Rolling Stone “Top Singles” review above) was echoed by the New York Post, which declared “Mama Told Me” to be “frisky like vintage Prince, both musically and lyrically. weightlessly pleasant.” Spin magazine called the single “excellent and a standout.”
The Los Angeles Times raved, “As catchy as a classic OutKast collaboration, ‘Mama Told Me’ features a Kelly Rowland hook that weaves through a wobbly, melodic rhythm. Big Boi illustrates why he’s one of the most mellifluous rappers in hip-hop by offering floating verses that move through the measures like sing-along bouncing balls.”
VICIOUS LIES AND DANGEROUS RUMORS is Big Boi‘s long-awaited follow-up to Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty, his first stand-alone solo album, released July 2010 on Purple Ribbon/Def Jam. The album spun off Big Boi‘s first Def Jam single, the Top 15 R&B hit “Shutterbug” featuring Cutty, produced by Scott Storch.
Call him Chico Dusty, General Patton, Daddy Fat Saxxx, Hot Tub Tony, Sir Lucious Left Foot, or Francis the Savannah Chitlin Pimp. Always busy as a lead performer and collaborator, Big Boi issued two street singles in early 2012: “She Said Okay” featuring Theophilus London (produced by Chris Carmouche and Big Boi, stream at http://soundcloud.com/big-boi/she-said-ok); and “Gossip” featuring UGK and Big K.R.I.T. (produced by Organized Noize, Chris Carmouche and Big Boi, stream at http://soundcloud.com/big-boi/gossip-big-boi). Spin described the music as “hard-charging and lyrically deft. Boi is as nimble as ever.”
Big Boi (Antwan AndrÃ© Patton) made history with OutKast from their debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994, recorded when Big Boi was still a teenager) to their 2003 swan song, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. The landmark double-CD, their 5th studio album, containing solo albums by Big Boi and his partner AndrÃ© 3000, respectively. One of the biggest-selling hip-hop albums in history – 11-times platinum in the U.S., over 15 million worldwide – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below generated three Grammy Awards ® (including Best Rap Album and Album Of the Year) and spun off two life-changing #1 hit singles, AndrÃ© 3000’s “Hey Ya!”and Big Boi‘s “The Way You Move” (with Sleepy Brown).