Name: Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Artist Name: Big Boi
Album #: 2nd Solo
Genre: Hip Hop
Record Label: Def Jam
Release Date: December 11, 2012
This album is dope. Pure and Simple. I’ve always been a big fan of Big Boi from his OutKast days. I’m seriously hoping that him and Andre 3000 put out another album soon. The world needs them.
Anyway, this album is upbeat, odd, and a little schizophrenic. It’s a good album to work out to and I always find myself dancing. I’ve listened to it about 20 times straight and I still haven’t gotten tired of it. Big Bio has always been more eccentric than most people gave him credit for. Most of this album is about relationships and emotions. He talks a lot of smack. It’s very atmospheric and intense. There are floating women’s voices, random sound effects like biting out of an apple, and a preacher-like man talking about children not learning.
Compared to the last album I reviewed, it’s quite lengthy at 17 songs. It’s also pretty guest heavy like most southern rapper albums. If I could describe this album visually it would be the cover. It’s colorful, crazy, and all Big Boi.
My top 3 favorite songs would have to be Objectum Sexuality featuring Phantogram, She Hates Me featuring Kid Cudi, and Cpu featuring Phantogram.
Objectum Sexuality is about someone falling in love with an object (it’s a real condition). Phatomgram is great and I love the disturbing floating voice. This is a great blend of rap and indie.
She Hates Me is the one song that is completely different from everything else on the album. It sounds like it should be on Cudi’s album and not Big Boi’s. It’s like all of the wildness was sucked out of the song and he adjusted to fit Kid Cudi’s way of making music. It doesn’t fit, but that doesn’t make it a bad song. It’s about a guy and a girl going through issues.
Cpu is another Big Boi/Phantogram collaboration. I love that weird atmospheric, floating voice feel.
The raunchiest songs on the album would have to be She said Ok featuring Theophilus London. This is one of the songs where you just know that Big Boi isn’t trying to impress anyone. Sometimes it gets a little crazy for me but I think that’s the point. He pushes people out of their comfort zone and journeys into other genres without missing a beat.
Until next time,