Album Preview: Big Boi’s “Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors”

By: 11.19.12

1. “Intro” – Kicking off with spacey pads and eerie voices, this brief but formal introduction features military drums and serves as merely a sliver of what to expect thereafter.

2. “Feelin’ Alright” – Atop a supersize soundscape, Daddy Fat Saxxx uses his “Anita Baker wine flow” to reintroduce himself to listeners of all ages. At one point, he even suggests that youngbloods “Shazaam or Google the Dungeon Family,” rightfully gloating on the clout his crew have in hip-hop, as he rides this bass-heavy banger just as well as he did 20 years ago.

3. “Apple In My Eye” – An uptempo track that furthers the album’s musical vibe, taking a ‘little girl lost’ approach lyrically that immediately grabs your attention and culminates into an immaculate third verse breakdown – a trend which carries through the entire project.

4. “Objectum Sexuality” – This massive track had a really nice female vocalist complementing the extraordinary synths along with a single violin strike that justified the typical line, “Rub my stick on yo chick like a violin.” Hey now.

5. “In The A” Feat. Ludacris & T.I. – This guaranteed 2013-2014 anthem is Vicious Lies… at it’s most menacing. Featuring former foes TIP and Ludacris spewing lava with Big over a vocal sample of “Shutterbug” for the hook, this was definitely made to keep a few people in check. At one point, Luda admits “some of y’all aggins can out trap me, but you’ll never outrap me” while General Patton confidently claims to be “better than anybody in yo’ top ten.” We’re not arguing.

6. “She Hates Me” Feat. Kid Cudi – A stark contrast to the last cut – which almost signifies Big got the animosity out of his system – this exposing serenade finds the Outkast rapper perfectly paired with The Man On The Moon for an apology of sorts to the female in his life. The beat is immediately eclectic, led by a heavy kick and stutter pads, with Cudi leading the way on the guitar-based outro.

7. “CPU” – A personal favorite, this biting banger surrounds listeners in synth-based steppers’ funk, delivering computer love even Roger would’ve approved of. The outro on here is another that has been immaculately orchestrated to maximize the listeners’ experience, featuring enough digital delights to leave you in a trance.

8. A$AP Rocky Interlude – Carrying on the light-hearted theme from the last track, this brief but memorable skit features the purple-puffing Harlem MC screwed up, repeating “Tom Petty that hoe…Freefallin.” A phrase sure to make it’s way into the rap vernacular, Big made a point to throw out a sidebar saying that this may even turn into a full song down the line.

Listen to “Mama Told Me” featuring Kelly Rowland

9. “Mama Told Me” Feat. Kelly Rowland – Hopefully this throwback track from Big and his in-house production team The Flush had you pop-locking all throughout your daily routine already. The track is a unanimous hit and the video is in the works.

10. “Lines” Feat. A$AP Rocky & Phantogram – The recently released second single, this track came about after a chance interaction at the radio station by Big and the A$AP Mob leader, which led to a studio session at Stankonia. The gritty outcome is produced by Organized Noize and carried by a digital arpeggio-melody and low-fi bass, with stylish verses from both rappers that reach beyond what’d you might expect (“It’s the art of storytelling and that’s why I’m telling mine.” – A$AP). The depth is furthered by Phantogram on the hook, then mixed with Rocky’s spot-on side-hook of screw, which contrast and complicate each other nicely.

11. “Shoes For Runnin” Feat. B.o.B – Carrying the universal vibe of the last track, this whistle-based ditty is different to say the least. A grown record with a positive vibe, the record carries somewhat of an indie rock feel, but shines bright when Big Boi turns his flow into overdrive and Bobby Ray outros the track over a steady hand-clap that makes you want to stand and cheer. A big record, to say the least.

12. “Raspberries” – This is apparently Andre 3000’s preferred selection (and Raj’s too) on the LP and it’s obvious why. Featuring producer Arthur McArthur’s Prince-like electro-funk and heavy snare, this is a promiscuous stripper-themed song that finds Daddy Fat Saxxx going back and forth with a curious vocalist, via an almost indistinguishable delivery that’s so unique you wonder if they’re saying anything at all. Oh, and apparently Dre has this track in his possession, in case his pen in feeling frisky. Keep your fingers crossed.

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