Ever since that 2007 VIBE interview when the immortal Big Boi announced details for his second solo album (everyone knows Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was packaged as one album to create the illusion that Outkast had not broken up) produced mostly by southernlegends Organized Noise, and set for release later that year (2007), the hip hop world has been buzzing with excitement. The album was to be titled Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Curious Case of Chico Dusty an awesome name that pushed my interest even further.
When the album wasn’t released in 2007, we blamed his label, Jive Records. Big Boi switched to Def Jam Records and in early 2008 released the excellent “Royal Flush” with former Outkast partner Andre 3000 and Wu-Tang legend Raekwon. The song didn’t get much radio play, but sparked the interest of hip hop heads around the world. Big Boi spent the rest of 2008 hyping the album and releasing an awful pop song called “Ringtone” (bet you can’t guess what that’s about!). Oh yeah, he also jumped on the Obama bandwagon and was one of dozens of rappers/singers to make a song dedicated to our future president (summarized well here).
When Sir Luscious Left Foot failed to hit the stores in 2008, the world forgot about the album and it looked as if it would slowly descend into Chinese Democracy/Detox territory and never see the light of day. Then out of nowhere, Big Boi released by far the two best hip hop songs of 2009. There is no competition—“Fo Yo Sorrows” and “Shine Blockas,” not to mention the mind-shattering “Shutterbug” (see below) —are head and shoulders above the competition. I was still skeptical, but Big Boi had roped me in again. The album got a new release date, which was pushed back, then pushed back again and again.
Now the album is slated to be released one week from today (July 6) and I’m not exactly sure what to think. Can the rest of the album live up to the hype of three years of non-releases and three incredible singles? Will the album feature Andre 3000? Well that question has actually been answered. Big Boi DID record a track with A3000, but for some inconceivable reason, Def Jam will not allow the song to be on the album. Fortunately soon after that disappointment, the song was leaked to the interwebs and can be found HERE. Will the album ever be released?
Please Big Boi, Def Jam, Andre 3000, Obama, Suge Knight, whoever else has had their hands on this album, just let it go. The world needs more Outkast music whether in the form of an actual album (preferable) or solo efforts. So come back next week if the album has been released and if the world hasn’t ended and I’ll have a review of the album up for public consumption.