Big Boi Performs In NYC Ahead Of Album Launch

Rapper Big Boi, best known as the other half of hip-hop duo Outkast, alongside Andre 3000, performed an album launch show in New York City last night, as he hopes to carve a success with his second solo album which is out today.

The hotly anticipated ‘Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors’ album see’s Big Boi bring unusual electro sounds to his music. The album follows his successful 2010 debut solo album ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’.

Last night the Atlanta born rapper performed at New York City’s S.O.B.s, performing a mixture of his previous hits, along with a taster of music, which is to come from his new album. With the backing of his talented band, Big Boi wowed crowds with an array of classic OutKast songs such as: ‘So Fresh, So Clean’, ‘Ms Jackson’, ‘The Way You Move’ and ‘B.O.B’, getting them geared up for his new music. If the crowd’s reaction to Big Boi’s new material is anything to go by, then his new album is sure to be a huge success.

Big Boi was joined on stage by electro-pop duo Phantogram, whom he collaborated with on his new album, as well as singer Sarah Barthel, who sung the hooks for several of his songs. The moment of the night however, was when rapper A$AP Rocky stormed on stage to perform his verse of the track ‘Lines’.

Meanwhile, speaking of his new sounding album, Big Boi recently told Reuters that the name of the album pays homage to his late grandmother, who revealed before her death that if she were to write a novel based on her life story, ‘Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors’ is what she would call it.

Explaining how touring for 18 months following his 2010 debut solo album has influenced the sound of his new material, Big Boi stated: “This album is more electronic. Its just more electro-funk. I used a lot of brass on the last album – a lot of traditional instruments. I still use the brass, but not as much. But the beats are still hitting hard.”

Big Boi continued to say: “I’ve been doing 50- and 100,000-seat festivals all over the world. The crowds were not your typical hip-hop crowds. You bump into people backstage and you click naturally.” Some of those artists he met backstage on tour feature on the new album including New York-based electro-pop duo Phantogram and Swedish band Little Dragon.

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