"Today, it was reported that HBO's 'Game of Thrones' will be promoted by a new mixtape called Catch the Throne. It includes a new track by Big Boi, above (via Nah Right), which opens with spoken samples from the show. Naturally, there's a lot of stuff about Khaleesi, then, amazingly, he goes, 'Fuck the Lannisters and everybody ride with 'em/ Jon Snow and the Night's Watch, finna slice some iron in 'em.'" —I definitely lost my "what it's going to be like in 2014" wager from ten years ago.
Millions-selling, Grammy-award winning, penguin and Kate Bush-loving rapper Big Boi appeared in a Miami court room yesterday to accept a plea deal in lieu of jail time for the felony drug charges he received after being arrested upon disembarking a cruise ship in August. If he passes three months of drug testing, completes fifteen hours of community service, and donates $2,000 to charity, the charges will be dismissed. Between the outfit he chose to wear to court, though, and his unsolicited sign-off at the end of the proceedings, it seems like he was maybe having a bit of fun at the expense of Dean Wormer [...]
Big Boi went on Jay Leno last night to perform "Shutterbugg" from the dynamite new Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty album. Leno was smiling when he introduced him, but he's going to be pissed when NBC gives Big Boi his job.
For real, keeping up with Big Boi has been a challenge of late. When he's not giving us previews from his new, official product coming out next month, he's going straight samizdat with the Andre 3000 collabos that Jive records won't allow anyone to pay actual money for. Lost in the general haze of sturm und purp, though, was this weird little question that got my music-geek dander up. When "General Patton" hit, 72 internet news cycles ago, initial writeups gave credit for that fat chorus-and-orchestra sample to… an opera "by Georg Solti"? The conductor? Who never actually wrote any music? No. That didn't [...]
You know Big Boi is incredible. You know he loves penguins and that he discovered the phenomenal Janelle MonÃ¡e and that his album Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son Of Chico Dusty comes out July 6. But did you know how well he can freestyle? (I didn't. That particular talent always blows me away. How do people think that fast?) In this clip, he riffs on the black-and-white tiles that make up the floor of the New York barber shop that serves as the setting for the latest installment of Pitchfork TV's highly stylized hip-hop series Selector. Also, in the accompanying interview, he reaffirms his [...]
What do you do if you record a great duet with a big rising star in your field, but he has to go to jail before filming a video for it? Well, if you're cooler than a penguin's toenails, like Outkast's Big Boi, you head to Walmart to pick up some new socks, set the cameras rolling, and lip-synch your partner's parts for him. And give a little "Free Gucci" shout-out at the end.
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, [...]
The venerable Busta Rhymes shows us what people mean when they talk about an MC "blacking out" on a track. He rhymes so fast, enunciates so clearly, without pausing to take a breath, you'd think he'd lose consciousness. In so doing, he steals this song—with it's huge and spacious beat, which was produced by club music maestro Diplo and sounds like it will explode dance floors like the Yin Tang Twins "Wait (The Whisper Song)" did six years ago—from proprietor Chris Brown and fellow guest star Lil Wayne both.
Here are a bunch of other good rap songs that came out this week.
Now available for free download, just in time for the long weekend: The Big Boi Mixtape For Dummies: Guide To Global Greatness — 28 tracks mixing up old and new material from the half of OutKast who, may we remind you once more, has a new album coming out next week. (You can preview it here! It's quite good!)
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.
The Best New Thing You Haven't Heard Of This Week: Seth Colter Walls and Maura Johnston On The New Newness, Strange Jazz, And The Semi-Return Of Hole
Seth Colter Walls: Maura, has it been a good first third of 2010, music-wise? What were the highlights? And what depressed the shit out of you? Maura Johnston: 2010 has actually been a great year for music. So far! And there's more to come!! Seth: Really? Because I've felt slightly… underwhelmed. (Though I'm glad you are confirming that the rest of calendar year 2010 is still to come.) Maura: Well, I know the whole existence of the future has been a cause for worry recently. But I am optimistic!
Well. The thought of a Run-DMC Broadway musical makes me want to puke in my shell-toes. (Just kidding, I don't really have shell-toes.) True rap greats, going the way of Billy Joel? This cannot be good. (It certainly was not good for true rock greats, The Who.) But wait, maybe I shouldn't be so quick to diss and dismiss. After all, Awl pal Sacha Jenkins' recent foray into rap musical theater, met with rave reviews. And if Big Boi can pull off a ballet and still kill the mic (and talk to penguins) anything's possible. And Jordan Galloway of the New [...]
The claymation video for this two-minute segment of the new Kate Bush song "Misty" is surprisingly realistic. The song, which is 13 minutes long on Bush's new album, 50 Words for Snow, is sung from the perspective of a woman who falls in love with a snowman. The love is doomed, of course, as all love is, by death. (As no. 1 Kate Bush fan Big Boi said recently to Awl pal Doree Shafrir, her new music "is just very somber and very chill.") And it is sad, in the video, the melting, which would indeed happen if a person hugged all up on a snowman under the [...]
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 [...]
The video for "Shutterbugg," the spry new-ish single from Big Boi's forthcoming Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty, is pretty bare-bones (guess the Crown Royal sponsorship cash wasn't that much), but that doesn't make the clip any less fun: there's a lighthearted decapitation of Big Boi, a couple of Tron-costumed dancers making with the futuristic sexytime, and a wall display of Solo cups that you probably shouldn't recreate at your next keg party because it would probably last 15-20 minutes before turning into a heap of brightly colored plastic. [Via]
Here's another excellent advance to stoke the fire for Big Boi's long awaited Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty album. As he proved back on "Synthesizer" from 1998's Aquemeni, no rapper makes George Clinton sound more at home. Too Short seems pretty comfortable with his gray whiskers, too. They're all very dope.
He told us on "Atliens," back in 1996, that he was "cooler than a polar bear's toenails." But now here's proof: Outkast MC, renowned dog lover and overall good guy Big Boi took his family to Seaworld in Orlando recently-and filmed what is surely the best promo spot in the history of marine biology. Also: Judging from early material like "Royal Flush" and "Sumthin' Gotta Give," we have hopes that are high for Big Boi's solo album, Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, later this year.