It has been over seven long years since the release of Outkast’s groundbreaking album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003. It was then when we first saw a glimpse of solo material from both Outkast members, Big Boi and Andre 3000. Now Big Boi is beginning to to blow up as being possibly the hottest thing in 2010 to hit Hip Hop out of Atlanta since B.O.B’s musical slam dunk earlier this year. As many fans already know, Big Boi has left the Jive Label Group’s LaFace Records, only to reunite with LaFace founder and current Island Def Jam President Antonio “LA” Reid to find a new home for his highly anticipated official debut solo album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (To be release by Island Def Jam’s Def Jam Records) . The album originally was attempted to be release on LaFace/Jive Records/Jive Label Group. There were even two promo singles under LaFace/Jive in 2008 that were intended for the project. Eventually after the project lost momentum under Jive, it was then when Big Boi opted to leave them and sign with Def Jam.
Rebounding and keeping that artistic fire that fans know and love for the latest album wouldn’t be without its challenges. Naturally, he faced some obsticles as he added to the trend of album’s either switching direction mid project, and even worse, switching record companies mid project.
(Most recently seen with the change in direction for Diddy’s Last Train To Paris album after his label Bad Boy Records chose to switch distributing partner labels from Atlantic Records to Interscope Records. Also Five For Fighting re-released his album, Slice with Wind-Up Records this year after his previous label, Aware/Columbia Records released it in 2009.)
These distinct changes created two high profile albumless singles that were forced to stand alone called “Sumthin’s Gotta Give” featuring Mary J. Blidge, and “Royal Flush” Featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon, and Andre 3000 (originally from 2008). The common rumor was that these two songs were stopped from formal release as a part of Jive’s reaction to his move over to Def Jam.
Reasons for the label change aside, removal of the two tracks was just a speed bump to what has turned out to be an all around great album. This is a particularly poignant statement for us here at Clizbeats.com, because in addition to the signature sound that he provides, his album is full of Clizbeats featured artists. Some of those include Clizbeats favorites like, Janelle Monae, B.o.B AKA Bobby Ray, and now one that is lesser known, but always buzz worthy and Clizbeats supported, Vonnegutt. The guys from Vonnegutt are in fact featured on the next single to be released from the album called “Follow Us.” Listen to the boys of Vonnegutt do their thing on “Follow Us”. If you dig it, be sure to check out their own music that we’ve listed below as well. Love those guys!
Big Boi Featuring Vonnegutt
“Follow Us “
From Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Purple Ribbon/Def Jam Records/IDJMG
Preview A Sample Of Vonnegutt’s new music below