It is finally upon us, another contender for best hip-hop album of 2012. Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is the latest album from Big Boi. I had no idea what to expect since his 2010 release, and he blew me away. He made some very smart moves and bringing in a fresh new indie influence. One example was bringing on New York based electronic indie duo Phantogram and Swedish based Little Dragon for a handful tracks, taking Big Boi in a completely new direction. He brought out Wavves for a beach friendly indie flavored "Shoes for Running" also featuring B.o.B.. The album also features the spacey weed induced "She Hates Me" featuring Kid Cudi we got to sample. Another favorite from the release is "Lines" recruting A$AP Rocky alongside Phantogram. AlsoHe has also brought on a full cast of big names including T.I. and Ludacris, Theophilus London, Big K.R.I.T., and few more. With this album Big Boi has progressed far past his days apart of Outkast and has really continued to establish himself as an artist. I would have loved at least a few tracks with Andre 3000, and Big Boi had even made efforts, but "contractual obligations" kept it from becoming a reality. All in all, Big Boi took some risks with this album, and they left us with one of the best albums of the year. The entire thing is great defintely worth the purchase. You can listen to a few of the tracks below, and grab it through iTunes. Enjoy!
Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Album) | Purchase on iTunes
Big Boi – Lines – (Feat. Phantogram & A$AP Rocky)
Big Boi - CPU (Feat. Phantogram)
Big Boi - In The A (Feat. T.I. & Ludacris)
Big Boi – Shoes for Running (Feat. B.o.B. & Wavves)