Rapper Big Boi brings electro sounds to new album

Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:25pm EST
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By Sabrina Ford

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rapper Big Boi is trying new sounds and styles for his highly anticipated second album out on Tuesday, carving a successful solo spotlight beyond OutKast's devoted following.

Big Boi, whose real name is Antwan Andre Patton, is best-known as one-half of hip-hop duo OutKast with Andre 3000. The group, which went on indefinite hiatus in 2007, scored hits including "Ms. Jackson" in 2001 and "Hey Ya" two years later.

While Andre 3000 has remained relatively quiet, occasionally featuring on other artists' projects, Big Boi is releasing "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors," following his critically successful 2010 solo debut "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty."

Georgia native Big Boi, 37, described his latest album as "one-half OutKast, one whole of me," and told Reuters that the title was an homage to his late grandmother, who said before her death that if she were to write her life story, that would be the title.

Following his 2010 album release, the rapper spent 18 months on the road, touring a wide range of music festivals with eclectic rosters. The result?

"This album is more electronic," Big Boi said. "I've been doing 50- and 100,000-seat festivals all over the world. The crowds were not your typical hip-hop crowds. You bump into people backstage and you click naturally."

The rapper invited a few of the acts he met over his touring travels to his studio in Atlanta. Out of his sessions came collaborations with New York-based electro-pop duo Phantogram and Swedish band Little Dragon, who featured on one of the rapper's favorite tracks, the closing song, "Descending."

"('Descending') is just raw emotion. It's a form of therapy - just mourning my father. It was an emotional time for me recording that song," the rapper said of his duet with Little Dragon vocalist Yukimi Nagano.   Continued...

Rapper and producer Big Boi arrives at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas