*Hip Hop has morphed over the years into something that is quite different than what the genre’s founders first cooked up.
Tremendous, out of the box artist and one half of Outkast, Big Boi tells CBS that these days, the youngin’s in the game could learn a lot from folks like Mumford & Sons.
“I’m biased because Mumford & Sons is one of my favorite groups,” he told CBS Local, when asked about the group’s GRAMMY chances. “What really turned me on to the Mumford & Sons-that’s why I like the GRAMMYS- is the live performances. When I saw them perform with the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan, it blew me away. Killed it. I was looking for some banjo on this album after that.”
As mentioned before, he’s creative, open to experimenting with different genres and establishing a brand new sound. So he tells CBS that in the future a collaboration with Mumford & Sons is high on his priority list. He also adds that new artists can learn a bit from these types of projects.
“Their music is filled with feeling,” he said of Mumford and electronic Little Dragon. “Not just reciting words over a beat. They really feel it. The melodies, the riffs, they put songs together [with] song structure. These days it’s four rappers on every song, rap-hook-rap-hook-rap-hook, [then] thank you. It’s no build-up, no climax, just run-on sentences. People want to feel something you have to be real personal honest in your music and people will know where you’re coming from.”
Big Boi’s newest project “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” comes out December 11.
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*Big Boi is doing big things, despite the distance between his best rap buddy Andre 3000.
The artist is gearing up to release another solo album pretty soon and has even ventured out to pursue a designing career. Socks are his specialty.
“I’m the sock king! They’ve got a cape on the back – that’s how I flew here,” he said in an interview with British GQ. “I got my own socks line coming out with Crooks & Castles. Head over to 677 Antone Street, Atlanta Georgia, 30318 and get some!”
In the music department, he just released two records off his coming new album, “She Said OK,” with Theophilus London, and “Gossip” with UGK and Big K.R.I.T. Pimp C also makes a postmortem appearance on the track.
“I had the verse for years. It was on another un-released record that I had from Organized Noize and it just matched up perfectly. I was already getting Bun B on there and just to put Pimp C on there made it turn out great.”
“On the new album I’ve got Kid Cudi and Little Dragon. I just did a cut with A$AP Rocky the other night too, so it’s action-packed,” he bragged.
As far as reuniting with André, that’s not a topic up for discussion at this point. But it was once rumored André was working on releasing an album.
“He’s supposed to. You got to talk to him, that boy changes his mind so much I can’t even speak on that no more.”
Big Boi is currently signed with Jive Records.