Big Boi Premieres Tracks From Solo Def Jam Debut
After numerous delays, Big Boi's solo debut, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty," is finally ready -- again -- for the world to hear it. Although he wouldn't reveal the exact release date, the Atlanta rapper played a few cuts off the set for members of the media last night (April 5) at New York City's Electric Lady studio, including first single "Shutterbugg."
"Party people in the club is time to cut a rug / and throw your fist up in the sky just for the shutterbug," Boi flows on the funky track, which features him rapping with the use of a talk box (not to be confused with Auto-Tune) in the outro. The song, much like Estelle's latest single, "Freak," also borrows a line from Soul II Soul's "Back To Life."
"I met with Andre three-thou a few weeks ago and wanted his opinion on it. He was like, 'this is the first single, second single, third, fourth... man, you got like seven singles already'," Big Boi told the crowd about his Outkast partner choosing his singles. It comes as no surprise Andre had his hand in the project to some capacity, being that the album has a very "Stankonia" and "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" vibe so far.
Big Boi played a total of six cuts from the alleged 14-track album (the deluxe edition will feature 18 songs, he announced) including the bassy, piano-based "Turns Me On," produced by Organized Noize and featuring Sleepy Brown; "Tangerine," featuring T.I. with tambourines and guitars; and the Lil Jon-produced "Hustle Blood," which Big Boi describes as a track "for the ladies." The song features Jamie Foxx.
Last month, Big Boi released the video to a song called "Fo Yo Sorrows," featuring George Clinton and Too $hort. In the last three years, since starting work on the album, the rapper also leaked "Royal Flush," featuring Andre 3000 and Raekwon, "Sumthin' Gotta Give," with Mary J. Blige, "Dubbz," and most recently, "Shine Blockas" with Gucci Mane.
At the end of last year, he told Billboard.com fans should expect the album to be released at the top of 2010, followed by an Outkast album.
"L.A. knows what time it is since I was a teeny bopper, so when I first started working on the record I talked to L.A.," Big Boi said at the end of the listening, thanking L.A. Reid, who recently signed him to a solo deal at Def Jam. "He gave me the opportunity to make it happen. Thanks to the Def Jam fam."