Remember when you popped Speakerboxxx/The Love Below into your CD player for the first time? If you like music, you probably had the eargasm of a lifetime & then put the whole disk on replay for about a month, right? Well, before you get this album, you better prepare yourself for the same exact experience. This album isn’t just good, it’s Make-You-Thankful-You-Spent-Your-Money-On-It good. The intro alone is better than most singles I’ve heard this year. You know the difference between Big Boi and every other rapper? He can tell you the answer:
“I write knockout songs, you spit punchlines for money.”
When I heard about General Patton’s first solo album in seven years, I was doubtful that he would still have the same magic, especially without André 3000 at his side. But my doubt was quickly replaced with anticipation as leaks off the album started hitting the web. Now my anticipation has been answered with the Album of the Year.
The star-studded lineup of guest appearances delivered a great performance, but Big Boi was not to be outdone on his own album. Working to the strengths of each artist, he was able to build off of the features to make each song better. Much to his disappointment, all songs featuring 3-Stacks were blocked from being on the album, but Big Boi delivered this message to his fans:
The production is futuristic, in that Big Boi is ahead of his time, not just because he’s trying to sound futuristic. And just like Speakerboxxx, most of the production is done by Big Boi himself, with only one song coming from André 3000 and four songs from Organized Noise, among others. It’s a mix between the old OutKast and nothing you’ve ever heard before. Tracks like “Daddy Fat Sax” harken back to the days of “Land of a Million Drums”, but at the same time feel like a breath of fresh air in an industry of stale sounds.
Give this album a listen, even if you go download it for free first. It’s fluid and cohesive, but still keeps you on your toes through all fifteen songs. Mark my words, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Song of Chico Dusty will be a hip-hop classic.
[download] on iTunes
And in case you missed it before…
[download] Big Boi – Mix Tape for Dummies