"Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty" by Big Boi

Big Boi
Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty

Def Jam Recordings
2010

Review

Big Boi is still bringing that Southern Playalistic sound and production that fans of Outkast of been feening for since "Players Ball". Overall, I think this is a much better outing for Big Boi than even his part of the "Speakerboxx/Love Below" offering.

I write knock out songs, you write punchlines for money - Big Boi on "Daddy Fat Sax"

It's like nothing has changed. I don't mean that as a knock. I mean that Outkast was (is?) forever ill track after ill track. Their albums consistently pushed the limits of and created trends for Hip-Hop music. In fact, they did this so well that it is practically impossible to talk about either of the members of the group independently. But the thing is that both members are equally as compelling and intriguing as artists by their lonesome. It's just that they have such great chemistry that it's easy to forget that they can bring it solo.

Look no further than "Shutterbugg". There's a reason that this was a single. It's dope...made for the club, and is something that you don't need to be ashamed of dancing too. Line after line is just ill and seemingly effortless. A Soul II Soul shout out helps too. "Be Still" is another example of Big Boi bringing it. My love for Janelle Monae apparently runs so deep that I'm pretty sure I was going to love that track no matter what. Big Boi and Janelle work well together as his contribution to her album clearly shows). This feels more like a Janelle song featuring Big Boi, and that's Ok. It's sometimes a good thing when the headliner gives another artist the chance to shine. And shine she does.

"Fo Yo Sorrows" brings some ill double time rapping that fans of "Bombs Over Bagdad" will smile at hearing. That quick flow is juxtaposed the laid back flow of Too $hort (who - as you might already know - brings it slow and steady) creating something great. This just sounds like what you would want to hear from half of Outkast (well, more than half, really considering Organized Noize is on production).

Speaking of Organized Noize, I loved their contributions to the album and I have to bring negatives about the album to light it would be this: there are a few tracks that just didn't do it for me on the production tip. But that only applies to 4 out 14 tracks if which the most egregious for me is "General Patton". Dramatic, operatic, battle music doesn't always work so well on a Hip-Hop record (at least, not for me. Lyrically, yeah, I dig it. But musically, not so much. Compare this to - say, "Follow Us").

Everything else is ridiculously good though. Outkast may not be dropping albums as steadily as I'd like, but if Big Boi keeps dropping releases like this - well, I'll probably be just fine.

...now do the man a favor and buy the album! If good music stops selling, there's not going to be good music.

3.929 out of 5

Track Ratings

1. Feel Me (intro) (01:28)
2. Daddy Fat Sax (02:36) 4
3. Turns Me On (feat. Sleepy Brown & Joi) (03:29) 3
4. Follow Us (feat. Vonnegutt) (03:35) 5
5. Shutterbugg (feat. Cutty) (03:35) 5
6. General Patton (03:12) 2
7. Tangerine (feat. T.I. & Khujo Goodie) (04:14) 4
8. You Ain't No DJ (feat. Yelawolf) (05:31) 3
9. Hustle Blood (feat. Jamie Foxx) (04:00) 3
10. Be Still (feat. Janelle MonĂ¡e) (05:10) 5
11. Fo Yo Sorrows (feat. George Clinton, Too Short & Sam Chris) (03:42) 5
12. Night Night (feat. B.o.B & Joi) (03:45) 4
13. Shine Blockas (feat. Gucci Mane) (03:45) 4
14. The Train, Part 2 (Sir Lucious Left Foot Saves the Day) (feat. Sam Chris) (05:20) 4
15. Back Up Plan (03:43) 4
16. Theme Song (03:48)
17. Shine Blockas (remix) (feat. Gucci Mane, Bun B & Project Pat) (03:46)