I have long been a proponent of the idea that the Notorious B.I.G. is the best rapper of all-time. (This after having long been a proponent of the idea that Rakim was the best rapper of all-time. I have been proponentizing for a long time. I am very, very old.) But I am starting to consider a different idea. Is Andre 3000 the best rapper of all-time? I think he might be! The body of work he amassed with his partner Big Boi across the six OutKast albums that came out between 1994 and 2006 already made for a strong case—Andre expanded the breadth of rap-lyric subject matter with [...]
Proclamations that a certain era is "good" or "bad" for music are always specious. There's both good and bad music being made all the time, of course, in all different genres, and that's been true even during eras accepted as either "golden" or "dead" for whatever style you might be talking about. What's easier to talk about, what I think people are actually assessing when they talk in this way, is what's popular at a certain time in history—stylistic characteristics of the music that happens to be selling the most, or being played on popular radio stations. Of course, people often disagree about stylistic characteristics, too, whether they make [...]
Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley, have you heard? B.O.B. made a song that's not for the birds. I am surprised. I strongly dislike pretty much every song I've ever heard by B.O.B. But this is great—and made much, much better, of course, by a routinely phenomenal guest verse from Andre 3000. (Who's gearing up to play the guitar like the greatest guitarist who ever played the guitar in the Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side.) Also sounding great upon first listen, a new song from Andre's Outkast partner Big Boi. This one, which will be on Big Boi's upcoming album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, [...]
So here's a great new song from Big Boi (I know, I know. But he just keeps making great new songs!) and his Outkast partner Andre 3000. Unfortunately, it seems as though it will might not be included on his Def Jam album, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Return of Chico Dusty, when it hits stores next month. According to the track list released this week, "Lookin' For Ya" and another wonderful collaboration between the two, "Royal Flush," will be omitted because of contractual shenanigans being enacted by Outkast's label, Jive Records. This is terrible.
Entering into the well-known "nesting" stage of pregnancy, Beyonce doesn't seem to be doing much lately except staying around the house and making terrific, high-end music videos. Three weeks after "Countdown" had us all WHOOHOO-BEYONCE!!!-ing, here she is mowing the lawn behind her trailer home at midnight in a yellow fur coat and bikini bottoms. It's a shame the video is not the version of this song that features a typically phenomenally guest verse from Andre 3000. But J. Cole is okay, too. And WHOOHOO-BEYONCE!!!