Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors @bigboi

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Big Boi 2012

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The influence of electronic music on hip hop is overlooked for whatever reason.  The combination of funk, electronica and soul in Big Boi's latest album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is a great combination of the many different faces Big Boi, the Outkast co-star.  He mixes in crunk/southern hip hop with the classic lyricism known from Outkast with the electro funk that tends to prevent albums like this from blowing up.  A quick side note......Chris Carmouche is all over the credits and I'll definitely be familiarizing myself with his music.

Of course when a veteran like Big Boi puts together a project, you can expect some featured big names.  Sleepy Brown, Phantogram, T.I., Ludacris, Kid Cudi, Little Dragon, Killer Mike, Kelly Rowland, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B among others all make appearances.  There are a lot of different styles that all fit within the overall sound of the album.  There's something for everyone.....

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Ronin

Noteworthy Classic……..v5 Soul Food

Soul Food, Goodie Mob, 1995

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2011 was looking to end with a series of disasters for me personally.  I was determined to make the year end on a positive note and the success of The Product video really was the catalyst for the beginning of a new and better year.  New Years Eve was spent drawing and willing a better year from the second the ball dropped, but the soundtrack for that night was Soul Food by Goodie Mob.  If you haven't heard this album, you've been missing out, but I have your back!

Soul Food was really the second album that introduced to the sounds coming out of the South.  The first was obviously Outkast's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.  I think if you look at where Southern hip hop started and where southern hip hop is today, it's a sad story.  But, I think it's a matter of how it's represented in popular media more than anything else.  The same goes for hip hop in general for 2011.  There are still intelligent and creative southern lyricists that don't get the airplay that many other rappers do.  Soul Food is where the term "dirty south" originated, which makes  it a trendsetter.  Lyrically, artists like Killer Mike, T.I., Currensy and Jay Electronica carry the torch today, but Goodie Mob and Outkast really set the stage back in '93-'94.

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For everyone going back to the 90's hip hop scene for inspiration, there was a lot more than Biggie and 2Pac.  I think its important for everyone that wasn't really up on the hip hop scene in the 90's to be aware of all the amazing music from that time.  There were inspiring new artists from all over the country and Goodie Mob helped establish hip hop in Atlanta.  If you've never heard the album and you're looking for some dope hip hop, go pick up Soul Food; you won't be disappointed.

 

Ronin