Sixteen years, six albums and
six Grammy Awards later, Big Boi is finally venturing out on his own completely
and is ready to usher in the funk with his highly anticipated solo album, Sir
Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.
Sir Luscious speaks to
AllHipHop and breaks down the get down.
AllHipHop.com: Who is he Sir
Luscious Left Foot?
Big Boi: Sir Luscious Left
Foot is a Soul Funk Crusader. Um, C with a circle around it. Thats mine,
copyright that. Soul Funk Crusader and we are just here to really spread the
essence of the funk. You know? I mean really to shake the game up and really
bring some excitement back to it. And The Son of Chico Dusty, thats also me.
Chico Dusty was my father and he was one of the first musical influences in my
life. You know, I remember being a little boy and sitting in his lap while he
was driving his new iRoc. When he came home from the service and playing Run-DMC Rock
Box. I was (makes wheel motion as if he was driving) got to driving. That was
like one of the first times I ever heard some rap music.
AllHipHop.com: What was your
thought process going into this album?
Big Boi: My thought process
was basically, you know, the same as its been since Outkast first started is
to come in and make the funkiest music possible. To the best of my ability
deliver this funk to the people. We take this music thing very seriously. Its
no playing. No jokes. Thats why it takes time for us to make albums. I just
wanted to really come in and make the best music possible. Thats the approach.
Thats been the formula from day one.
Big Boi Talks About His Relationship To Andre 3000
AllHipHop.com: Who are some
of the features you have on the album?
Big Boi: Um, features?
Features. I dont really like to call it features, I like to call it sprankles.
Like, I use different artists as just different
ingredients, cause sometimes I might not even have artist put a whole verse on
there. Like I got a song on the album with B.O.B. where hes just on the hook.
I did a song with Jamie Foxx. T.I.s on there. Andre 3000. As well as Gucci
Mane, George Clinton and Too $hort. Just all added in ingredients.
AllHipHop.com: What producers
did work with on this album?
Big Boi: The producers I
worked with on this album, of course Organized Noize. The producers Ive worked
with on just about everything, Outkast albums/songs from day one up until
today. Lil John. Salaam Remi, I worked with Salaam Remi. Scott Storch. As well
as myself, I produce as well. My team is Boom Boom Room Productions. Got my boy
J Beatz and my crew Royal Flush. Um, yeah! Heat!
AllHipHop.com: Heat? Its
gonna be fire?
Big Boi: (Says confidently)
Man, look. Hey.
AllHipHop.com: When is the
album scheduled to be officially released?
Big Boi: The album comes out
July the 6th. So, thats two days after the fourth of July, so after
youve ate those cold a** ribs and polished off that ol chicken, gonna and
scrape that tater salad bowl clean cause Tuesday you gonna get some fresh new
music. So yea, we finna have fun, its gonna be hot outside. One thing about
that, I love it, I love it. Its gon be super hot. I dont think we ever had a
chance to drop in the summer time.
AllHipHop.com: Do you think
its gonna be an album for the cookouts?
Big Boi: Oh, most definitely!
Oh yea! Cookouts, pool parties, aw man!
AllHipHop.com: What would you
say your current relationship with Andre 3000 is?
Big Boi: Um, my current
relationship with Dre? Thats my brother. Thats gonna always be my brother.
Thats my homeboy, my partner in rhyme and thats what it is. Outkast is
everlasting, its to the dirt, ya know? He actually just produced a new cut on
my album. A song with me and a new cat by the name of YelaWolf.
AllHipHop.com: Can we expect a
new Outkast album?
Big Boi: Thats top secret.
Thats top secret. Anything Outkast, thats top secret boy. Dre 3000 said
(mimics zipping his lips) zip it. Dont tell em nothin’ yet.
AllHipHop.com: What is one of
your favorite songs youve ever recorded to date, if anything?
Big Boi: Woo, thats a hard
one. Um, its been so much. I mean, as of today um, I gotta say one of my
favorites just because when we perform it in a show, its ridiculous, is Bombs
Over Baghdad. Love that. Its power music. Its energizing, its refreshing.
So just anything to get the crowd pumped up, thatll be one of them.
Big Boi: Conscious rap. I
guess conscious rap to me would be um, rap that is socially aware of whats
happening in the world thats gonna state strong points politically as well as
just life in general. I mean what you believe in. But you know, they shut you
down when you speak from you heart. You know, its hard to do that out here.
Like you can be conscious all day, you can tell them whats happening. You
know, but, they aint bout to play that s**t. Im telling you.
AllHipHop.com: What are your
thoughts on Southern rap and what its done for Hip Hop?
Big Boi: I think Southern rap
from my perspective is [Southern rap] kinda opening it up to not have so many
boundaries. One thing the Kast has done, weve blown all the boundaries away
from what we do, you know like, as far as were concerned, you cant put us in
a category. You know, I could reside over here on the Hip-Hop side or I can
reside over here on the Funk side, I can reside on the Rock side, on the Soul
side or wherever I wanna be because we do all types of music. We dont discriminate
against music. So I can say our contribution to music has really been to kinda
blow boundaries away. Like let people just be yourself and whatever you dope
at, do it!
Sir Luscious Left Foot:
The Son Of Chico Dusty is scheduled
for release on July 6, 2010. Follow Big Boi on Twitter @therealbigboi.