Big Boi Inks Solo Deal With Def Jam
In July of 2009, OutKast‘s Big Boi enthusiastically announced that he was in the process of inking a solo deal with Def Jam Records. The switch from Jive Records would give him the opportunity to do some more work with L.A. Reid — the record executive and iconic figure responsible for signing OutKast to their first record deal. The ATL rapper expressed confidence that the legal issues would only take a matter of weeks, but it wasn’t until this past weekend that the paperwork finally became official.
Big Boi made the announcement on his personal Twitter account on Friday (March 19) writing, “The ink is on the paper!!! ‘Breaking News!!!!’ It’s official! Big Boi signs solo album deal with Def Jam!!!” According to reports, he has inked a one-album deal with the label in order to release his long-anticipated album ‘Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty.’ Big Boi has been promoting the album heavily in the past few weeks, since it was originally scheduled for a 2008 release.
During a recent interview with XXL magazine, he talked about plans to shoot videos for every single. “The album is done. Right now I’m just shooting videos. I’ma shoot a video for just about every song on the album,” he said. “I shot like five videos so far, for the past three weeks. I’ve been editing those videos…it’s coming man, it’s coming. I know everybody’s been waiting and I’m anxious to give it to them.”
‘Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty,’ is currently slated for a May release. It was previously scheduled to hit stores on March 23.