After performing and previewing a few new songs from his upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn earlier in the week, Big Boi hit the “RapFix Live” couch on Wednesday, giving us a chance to pick his brain about the new songs he unveiled.
Thus far, the Atlanta legend has officially debuted “Mama Told Me” featuring Kelly Rowland plus “Lines,” the otherworldly collaboration with A$AP Rocky and indie pop group Phantogram — giving a heart taste of the eclectic album he has in store.
Phantogram’s contribution to “Lines” is very clear, but “Mama Told Me” (which Big Boi calls a “feel-good ode to your momma”) also got some work from another force in the indie world.
“Originally, Little Dragon was on the record, but [their] label Peace Frog was mad at them because they left and went to another label so they was kinda beefing. Then [Peace Frog] tried to come in and hijack my own song from me,” he said, explaining why their vocals don’t appear on the song. “But Yukimi [Nagano] wrote on the record, so Kelly just performed what Yukimi wrote. But ya’ll know me, I love the fans and stuff leaks out sometimes. There’s a Little Dragon version out there somewhere, so if ya’ll be good, we’ll see what happens.”
Little Dragon worked on seven songs, three of which will appear on the album, but on the flip side of “Lines” and “Mama Told Me,” Big Boi turnt up all the way for “In The A,” a rowdy Atlanta banger featuring Ludacris and the Trouble Man T.I.
“[With] ‘In The A,’ I just wanted to make a new A-Town anthem,” he said. “Me and Tip been jammin’ for some time now, we did ‘Tangerine’ on the last album, so it was time to get back in there and do it again. We went in the studio, and it was just mass murder. I’m all about MCing and those are two of my favorite MCs, so I said let’s get on here like the three horsemen and let’s kill it. Me and T.I. and Luda got to jammin’ — Atlanta ya’ll gonna be proud. I’m talking about Magic City, get your ones together.”
Everyone’s favorite rapper-turner-rocker (turned rapper again), Kid Cudi, contributed vocals to the track “She Hates Me,” and Big Boi is confident that the fans will dig it. “I just like to make jammin’ records, man. I went out to L.A., Kid Cudi came through and did his thing on that and they’re gonna love that one.”
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors will include 14 tracks (17 on the deluxe edition) and it will debut on December 11. In the meantime, stay tuned for a new video for “Lines.” “I talked to A$AP last night and got some crazy ideas, so get ready for the “Lines” video,” Big Boi added on a closing note.