Big Boi ‘Tinkering’ With Music For Next Outkast, Solo LPs

'Whether I'm on the road touring or on the bus ... just putting ideas down,' the Atlanta MC tells MTV News.

Big Boi finally delivered his long-awaited solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, this week. But after taking three years to deliver the LP, is it safe for fans to assume Big’s next effort is just around the corner? Not exactly.

The slick Atlanta MC says he’s started work on a follow-up, Daddy Fat Sax, but between promoting his current collection and juggling a handful of projects — his next set, partner Andre 3000’s solo disc and another Outkast album — Big Boi is juggling a lot right now or, as he put it, “tinkering.”

“I got about four, five songs that I’m tinkering with right now,” Big Boi told MTV News about Daddy Fat Sax, tentatively slated for a late-2011 release. “But at the same time, there’s a couple of records that we picked out for the Outkast record too. So while Dre is working on his records, we’re kinda, with Organized Noize, seeing what’s gonna go for the ’Kast album. And at the same time, with the beats I already got, I’m just making the most out of my time, whether I’m on the road touring or just on the bus or whatever; just putting ideas down.”

The Georgia rapper said this album showcases his sometimes-overlooked gifts as a solo artist (“I’m a master of my craft”). Big Boi’s Sir Lucious Left Foot features collaborations with T.I., Gucci Mane and Janelle Monáe, among others. Andre 3000, Lil Jon and Scott Storch provide production assistance on the set, and the Storch-produced lead single, “Shutterbugg,” has been getting rave reviews. Big recently dropped the video for his sophomore single, “Follow Us.”

The July 6 album was a labor of love for the Outkast MC. Originally slated for release three years ago on Jive, where the duo is signed to as a group, Sir Lucious Left Foot got a new home after disagreements with his Outkast label led Big Boi to jump ship and ink a solo deal with Def Jam.

“With this album right here, there was just a lot of label politics in the background that kinda fueled my fire,” Big Boi said of enduring multiple delays. “You not gonna tell me what I’m doing isn’t jamming. I know this is some of the best music I’m making in my whole life; I’m putting everything into it. I’m spending time away my family, my wife and my kids to record for three years and you don’t respect my craft? That kind of fueled everything.”

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