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Big Boi Releases 'Mama Told Me' with Kelly Rowland, Not Little Dragon: Listen
Swedish synth-pop group is not featured on final version due to "business terms out of our control."
On Tuesday (Oct. 2), Big Boi released "Mama Told Me," a track off of his forthcoming "Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors" album that features Kelly Rowland on the hook and bridge. When Big Boi previewed his second solo album in July, however, Swedish synth-poppers Little Dragon were featured as the guests on the song, and performed the song the the veteran MC in Austin, Texas, at an event hosted by Vitaminwater and The Fader last August.
The group now explains that they got booted off of "Mama Told Me" in favor of the Destiny's Child star due to "business terms out of our control."
"It is true that Little Dragon made the 'Mama Told Me' track with Big Boi and even performed it live in Austin for The Fader," the band writes in a new statement (via The Fader). "The whole collaboration was an amazing creative experience. Unfortunately, business terms out of our control got in the way, and an agreement couldn't be reached in time for our version of the track to be released. At least new friendships were made, and we want to wish Big Boi good luck with the album. We look forward to collaborating with him in the future."
"Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors," due out Nov. 13, will also feature collaborations from Kid Cudi, Phantogram, Big K.R.I.T. and A$AP Rocky, among others. The Outkast member's sophomore album follows 2010's "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty," which has moved 239,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Meanwhile, Little Dragon told Billboard last summer that another hip-hop collaboration, this time with De La Soul, might see the light of day. The group is working on the follow-up to last year's "Ritual Union" after spending most of the summer on the road.