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I will forever be tied to the concept and music of Outkast for several reasons. I remember growing up in Atlanta and hearing for the first time rappers shouting out the hood I was living in like all the New York rappers repped their burroughs. Then, I would see the actual rappers in my neighborhood (Big Boi used to be over this girl’s house that everybody on the street wanted).  It was surreal.  Now, to see how they have grown musically has been a great experience.  With that said, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty is a bittersweet moment for me as well as many other fans.

Before you get it confused, let me say that this is a great album.  All of the singles have been on point, the visuals have been amazing and Daddy Fat Sax has managed to create a buzz for his material off effort alone – nothing fabricated by a Def Jam marketing machine.  “Shutterbug” and “General Patton” are great songs with even better videos that are creative without being over-the-top.  The rest of the funk-driven album is spiked with unique production and great features like “You Aint No DJ” produced by Andre 3000 and featuring Yelawolf and “Hustle Blood” with Jaime Foxx.  Other standouts like “Be Still” has Jonell Monae singing a cautionary tale to slow down and “Night Night” has B.o.B. and Joi going back and forth on a up-tempo bedtime hook.  “Tangerine” featuring T.I. is my absolute favorite because it encompasses the best of this album – a combination of beats, rhymes, and originality.  Even the early leaks “For Your Sorrows” and “Shine Blockas” with Gucci Mane blend into the mix perfectly.  The sound and concepts on Sir Lucious may not be for everyone – the majority of the songs speak to a different audience and may zoom over the heads of the average rap fan.  Unfortunately, there may be a lot of people who are going to miss out due to heavy sleeping.

I guess the “bitter” part for me is that although this is one of the standouts of 2010, I can’t help but think how much more dope it would have been to hear Big Boi trading verses with Andre.  I sincerely hope that they get it together and come with the same energy and creativity that was infused into this project.  So, until they put the band back together, me and many others will be waiting in anticipation.

Rating: 4 Mics

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Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty – Buy Now