From splitting with former label Jive Records, to contractual issues that prevented Outkast partner Andre 3000 from making guest appearances on his new album, Big Boi has faced his share of obstacles leading up to the release of his solo debut. But after being signed to Def Jam Records by Antonio "L.A." Reid recently, the album, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty," will finally be available on July 6, but you can listen to the whole deluxe edition -- complete with two bonus tracks -- right here before you can hear it anywhere as part of our latest Release Of The Week installment.
For almost 25 years, the third Monday of January has been observed as Martin Luther King Jr. day. But for the past decade, the national holiday also marks the day rapper Big Boi, born Antwan Andre Patton, begins working on his albums.
"For the past three records, since 'Stankonia' and 'Speakerboxxx,' I've always started recording on Martin Luther King's birthday, including my latest," says the Atlanta native about his upcoming album, adding that almost all of it was recorded at his own Stankonia studios.
Video Below: Big Boi talks about the making of "Sir Lucious...."
Although fans have already expressed disappointment in the minimal presence of Big Boi's Outkast partner Andre 3000 on the album -- he only appears on 2008 buzz track "Royal Flush" which is no longer on "Sir Lucious" -- his eclectic collaborator actually played a number of key roles in the making of the set. Andre is one of the producers on the set, alongside Organized Noize, Salaam Remi, Scott Storch, Lil Jon and Big Boi's own production team, Boom Boom Room. But Andre 3000 isn't the only guest talent; other artists on the album include Sleepy Brown, T.I., Khujoe Goodie, Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, George Clinton, Too Short, B.O.B. and Gucci Mane.
Video Below: Big Boi "General Patton" clip.
A number of buzz tracks have already come out in the lead up to the release of "Sir Lucious." Among those early tastes of Big Boi's current sound are songs like "Sumthin's Gotta Give" featuring Mary J. Blige and "Royal Flush," though neither song made the final album. The first single, the Scott Storch-helmed "Shutterbugg," has already reached No. 60 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "I Like The Way You Move," his previous foray into solo music making -- technically still under the Outkast moniker -- went all the way to No. 1 on the Hot 100. If that's any indication, the future looks bright for his first official solo album.
Text by Mariel Concepcion
Video Below: Big Boi "Sir Lucious" clips, the rapper visits Athens and Savannah.