Big Boi talks new solo project and possible Outkast reunion

In a recent interview with Hot 97, rapper Big Boi discussed his upcoming second solo album (Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors), his creative influences, and whether we can expect another Outkast project anytime soon.

In the 9-minute clip, “Sir Lucious Leftfoot” spoke at length at what he believes the future holds for him as a solo act and where he and Andre 3000 stand as a group.

In a response to an Andre 3000 verse on T.I.’s “Trouble Man,” where he apologized about missing past opportunities to work together, Big Boi described the apology as “awkward.”

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“I don’t really get it. Awkward… I don’t get it. He’s apologizing for being awkward at shows? Apologize for turning down a million dollars a night,” he said. “He didn’t want to perform no more, but that’s understandable. I just kept on pushing. Kept on going. To me, the whole thing about the performance thing is, I know fans want to see us do the songs together. But I never stopped touring. I’m on my second solo record.”

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When asked who influenced his career, the pioneer of progressive southern rap went on to cite members of the Native Tongues movement and west coast collective Hieroglyphics.

“We were definitely into Black Sheep, Tribe (A Tribe Called Quest), N.W.A., De La Soul…the whole Native Tongue was on point.”

It’s been five years since the last proper Outkast project and while Big Boi’s Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors is around the corner, we need to see this tag team back together.

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