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Every once in a while the entire music industry seemingly conspires to turn an aspiring pop star into an overnight sensation. Sometimes that consensus is regrettable, as you already kno-ow. But occasionally the monolithic promotional machine gets it right, and we end up seeing Tori Kelly’s name and face all over the place. Victoria Loren… More »

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

While visiting my alma mater last week, I spent some time working from the back room of a coffee shop, the same room where I used to drag my acoustic guitar on stage for open mic night when I was in college. That room dredges up lots of memories, but none of them are as… More »

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Big Boi – “CPU 2.0″ (Feat. Phantogram & Sade) & “Thom Yarbrough” (Feat. Yarbrough & Peoples)

Even in the midst of headlining 40+ music festivals with the reunited OutKast, Big Boi and Andre 3000 both have new solo albums coming this…
Chris DeVille | January 27, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Run The Jewels – “Banana Clipper” (Feat. Big Boi) Video

El-P and Killer Mike are both monstrous rappers. So when the two joined forces on their violent-rap-friends opus Run The Jewels earlier this year, they…
Tom Breihan | November 13, 2013 - 10:54 am

Janelle Monáe – “Electric Lady (Remix)” (Feat. Cee-Lo, Big Boi, & Solange)

Janelle Monáe released her long-anticipated sophomore album The Electric Lady and it features a vibrant collaboration with Solange. The Target deluxe edition of the record…
Claire Lobenfeld | September 13, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Big Boi – “The Thickets” (Feat. Sleepy Brown) Video

Big Boi continues to ride out last year's Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors with a video for album cut "The Thickets" featuring his "The Way…
Claire Lobenfeld | June 28, 2013 - 10:55 am

Photos: Big Boi & Killer Mike @ Roseland, Portland 5/13/13

Portland venue Roseland played host to Atlanta rap kingpins Big Boi and Killer Mike. Big Boi performed a hits-filled set, replete with his own solo…
Stereogum | May 14, 2013 - 11:58 am

Big Boi – “Apple Of My Eye” Video (Feat. Jake Troth & Epic Meal Time)

Outkast rapper Big Boi has a new video for the third single off his sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Runners. "Apple of My…
Liz Pelly | March 3, 2013 - 11:40 am

The 10 Best OutKast Songs

In roughly the early 1900s, painting dissolved into abstraction and appropriation, and artists working since then have veered away from realism. As modern life splintered…
Alex Tatusian | January 31, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Watch Big Boi Play Kimmel

Last night, Big Boi was the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Joined by Phantogram, he performed "CPU" to a huge outdoor audience instead of…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 16, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Frank Ocean – “Pink Matter (Remix)” (Feat. André 3000 & Big Boi)

Frank Ocean orchestrates an OutKast reunion of sorts with this remix of "Pink Matter," one of Channel Orange's most melancholic tracks. While the song already…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 14, 2013 - 10:21 am

Watch Big Boi On Letterman

Last night, Big Boi played musical guest on the Late Show With David Letterman, surging through "Apple Of My Eye," a rippling funk track from…
Tom Breihan | January 3, 2013 - 9:37 am

Big Boi – “In The A” (Feat. T.I. & Ludacris) Video

The bangingest banger from Big Boi's recent album Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors is "In The A," the Atlanta superstar summit that also features on-fire…
Tom Breihan | January 2, 2013 - 9:29 am

Watch Big Boi And Kelly Rowland Play The View

Big Boi seems to exist entirely in the indie-festival universe these days, so it's nice, every once in a while, to remember that he's totally…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Album Of The Week: Big Boi Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors

After Speakerboxxx, after Big Boi Presents Got Purp?, after Sir Lucious Left Foot, it's now possible to say that Big Boi, the solo artist, has…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2012 - 11:47 am

Watch Big Boi And Little Dragon Play Fallon

Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, the new solo album from OutKast's Big Boi, has a few collaborations with Swedish pop group Little Dragon. Little Dragon…
Tom Breihan | December 10, 2012 - 8:53 am

Big Boi – “She Hates Me” (Feat. Kid Cudi)

Next week, Big Boi releases his all-over-the-place solo album Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, and we’ve already heard a whole pile of its songs: “She
Tom Breihan | December 3, 2012 - 10:38 am

Big Boi – “In The A” (Feat. Ludacris & T.I.)

Here's the bouncy ATL-centric "In The A" from Big Boi's forthcoming Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors, a track that features -- who else? -- Ludacris…
Corban Goble | November 26, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Big Boi – “Mama Told Me” (Feat. Kelly Rowland) Video

Earlier today, we saw the bizarrely indie-heavy tracklist for Big Boi's forthcoming solo album Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors. And even the buoyant single "Mama
Tom Breihan | November 21, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Big Boi Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors Details

Next month, OutKast rapper Big Boi releases his second solo album Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, and we've already heard a bunch of songs: "She
Tom Breihan | November 21, 2012 - 9:11 am

Big Boi: Andre “Had To Do Some Gillette Shit”

Outkast were No. 3 in our list of the 20 Albums We've Been Waiting For Forever, and as we wrote about the band back then,…
Michael Nelson | November 14, 2012 - 1:19 pm