Big Boi, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty"
For years, Big Boi has played second fiddle to OutKast partner Andre 3000. So Big Boi did what anyone in his position would do: make his presence known. After years of setbacks, splitting with former label Jive Records and facing contractual issues that prevented Andre 3000 from making guest appearances on the new album "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty," Big Boi delivers an inventive, high-spirited set full of synth-funk signifiers, talk-box flair and snares. The Atlanta rapper combines rock, electro, hip-hop, dubstep, rumba and even classical on tracks like the Scott Storch-produced single "Shutterbugg." The song "General Patton" begins with a sample of an opera performance and showcases Big Boi's bravado as he raps over the loud production, "Get the South dick up out your mouth." And the cut "Tangerine" (featuring T.I. and Khujo Goodie) includes a country-like guitar as tambourines randomly quake throughout, while a breathy Jamie Foxx sings the hook on "Hustle Blood," a smooth R&B jam.