Big Boi Talks New Compilation, New R&B Singing

Outkast member

Big Boi is set to release his new compilation album, Big Boi Presents...Got

Purp? Vol. II through his Atlanta-based record label, Purple Ribbon.

The Purple Ribbon

label showcases a mixture of established artists, as well as up-and-coming MC’s

and R&B singers, with a distinct sound.

Artists singed

to Big Boi’s burgeoning label include rappers Bubba Sparxxx, KonKrete,

Killa Mike and soulful crooners Sleepy Brown and Scar.

"I just want

to add something to the game and make good, quality music,” Big Boi told “Our sound is top notch and bad-to-the-bone, but most importantly,

it's funk-based. When dogs are purple ribbon bred, it means that they have a

history behind them; a champion pedigree. A Purple Ribbon is the highest-ranking

you can get and all the artists on my label are winners."

Big Boi said he

was extremely influenced by Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who signed Outkast

to his influential Atlanta-based record label, LaFace, which he co-owned with

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, before selling the label for $100 million

dollars to Arista in 2000.

Reid is now head

of the Island Def Jam Music Group.

“I've been

real business savvy for a while,” Big Boi said. “The team that I

got now and the talent that I got, I just want to make the presence in Atlanta

that much stronger. I want to try and pull together and fill that void that

LaFace left when they were in Atlanta."

Big Boi Presents...Got

Purp? Vol. II is highlighted by an array of tracks including the posse

track "Kryptonite," featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike, C-Bone and Rock

D, as well as the melodic electronic R&B dance tune "U Got Me"

by Scar featuring Big Boi.

The opus features

heavy musical contributions from the labels newest acquisition; stand out R&B

singer Scar.

Born in London,

Big Boi hopes Scar will stake out new territory for hip-hop and R & B.

"Scar is hybrid-funk,

but his voice is so classy and so clean,” Big Boi continued. “He’s

really my secret weapon. He’s a dope writer, a great all around performer

and a talented musician. He’s got a story to tell."

Big Boi Presents

… Got Purp Vol. II is slated to hit stores on Nov. 8.