Big Grams EP
Big Boi is my favorite rapper. Glad we got that out of the way. I’ve been having this discussion with a multiplicity of people lately. Some have responded “Jay-Z blah blah blah” or “Eminem blah blah blah” or “Hey, can you pass the bong”.
Outkast is one of the greatest rap groups of all time. OF ALL TIME. ATLiens fire flames. Aquemini FIRE. Stankonia. Do I even need to say it? FIRE. However, when they broke up I don’t think I was quite old enough to understand the significance of what had actually happened or rather the impact that the rap duo actually had on the world. Honestly, One of the first Big Boi songs I ever heard was Kryptonite. Total club banger.
Flash forward to the summer of 2010. I’m about to head into my junior year of high school and I’m looking for my musical identity. Sure, I was very into the hot new track at the time which could mostly be classified as “frat rap”. I was big into Asher Roth, Mike Stud, Sammy Adams. But then something magical happened. On the 5th of July 2010 Big Boi released Sir Lucscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. And there it was.
Top 5 Songs from the album:
5: Shine Blockas
3: The Train, Pt. 2 (Sir Luscious Left Foot Saves The Day)
2: Follow Us
1: Fo Yo Sorrows
Making that list was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. It’s been a pretty easy life. Honestly any of those songs could have made their way to Number 1. They’re all so good. The Train? Unreal jam.
A lot of speculation surrounded this album before it was released. Many thought Andre 3 stacks was going to be featured on the album. One song in particular, Looking for ya, was actually recorded for the album but was never officially released due to studio exec mumbo jumbo.
Anyways, flash forward two years. December 11, 2012. 9 days before the end of the world. (<– Right? Remember when that was a thing?) Big Boi releases his second studio album; Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.
Top 5 Songs from the album: Actually, fuck that. Top 10. This album had 17 songs on it I can’t cut it down to just 5.
10: Mama Told Me (feat. Kelly Rowland)
9: She Said Ok (Theophilus London & Tre Luce)
8: Apple of My Eye
7: The Thickets (feat. Sleepy Brown)
6: She Hates Me (feat. Kid Cudi) –Listened to this song 10,000 times when I broke up with my girlfriend. So brooding.
5: Raspberries (feat. Mouche & Scar)
4: Shoes for Running (feat. B.o.B & Wavves)
3: Objectum Sexuality (feat. Phantogram)
2: CPU (feat. Phantogram)
1: Lines (Feat. A$AP Rocky & Phantogram)
There’s a reason why the top three songs are all featuring Phantogram. Because Big Boi and Phantogram just work together in their own weird little way. It’s like cream cheese, turkey, and Triscuits. Very unusual combination, very delicious.
And that brings us to the present.
(YES I KNOW I SKIPPED OVER THE OUTKAST REUNION. IT WAS MAGICAL AND I COULDN’T BE THERE SO FUCK EVERYONE ELSE I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!!!)
So a couple weeks ago I’m perusing Facebook and much to my surprise I see that Big Boi is releasing a new album. Only he’s being called Big Grams? Turns out he’s co-producing the album with Phantogram. Ok, I’m a fan of Phantogram. Wouldn’t say I’m their number 1 fan but I do enjoy them. They make funky beats and accompany them with great vocals.
A few more days go by and I see that they have released their first single off the album, Fell in the Sun. “I’ll give it a listen,” I say to myself.
Gold. Absolute GOLD.
More days go by. More singles released. Lights on? JAM.
Then, it happened. Yesterday greatness awaited me when I opened up my internet browser. Goldmine Junkie. Starts off with a little Piano, then some light high-hat kicks in. Followed by some silky smooth vocals. A casual hip-hop beat and Big Boi’s voice pierces through it all. Life is complete.
I can’t wait for this album to be released. Full release coming out Friday. AHH Please be Friday already!!!!!!
I’ll let you know what I think of the rest of the album when it’s released.