It’s been nearly five years since we’ve seen a proper solo album from Big Boi, his last offering in late 2012 with the wonderfully eclectic Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. However, the OutKast member did also come through with an experimental collaborative EP with frequent collaborators Phantogram, aptly titled Big Grams, which was released in 2015 (one of our favourite projects of that year) and was followed by a marvellous festival tour (see our review from their New York City show here). Now, it is finally time for this ATLien to come back to earth with what is sure to be yet another exciting new offering.
Earlier this evening, Big Boi announced the completion of his yet-to-be-titled third LP, which is set to be released later this year via Epic Records. The news was revealed via an Instagram video, filmed in the iconic Stankonia Studios:
So far, confirmed collaborations include Gucci Mane, “a stupid jam with Killer Mike and Young Jeezy“, along with additional tracks with Mike, with whom Big hinted at released an EP with in the near future. Furthermore, this will mark Big’s first solo album on Epic Records, marking the first time he and partner-in-rhyme Andre 3000 are on the same record label since 2009, when Big Boi left Jive Records for a deal with Def Jam (Jive later folded, all of its artists being merged to Epic). Given this, along with the fact that Epic is run by L.A. Reid (the man who first signed OutKast in the early 1990s), the chances of an OutKast reunion track appearing on this project are looking better than ever.
Are you excited for a new Big Boi LP? Stream standout track “She Said OK” off of 2012’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors below: