5 Best Songs From Big Boi’s ‘Boomiverse’
Big Boi has never slowed down. Since OutKast went on "hiatus" following 2006s Idlewild soundtrack album, Daddy Fat Sax has continuously moved forward, with his ambitious solo projects and work with acts ranging from Phantogram to Run the Jewels. Spending the past decade reinventing himself as a solo artist and mogul, Big Boi remains one of the more respected emcees out of the south and has grown into a hip-hop elder statesman while still retaining the smooth swagger that has defined him for more than 25 years, an evolution that's exemplified in his third solo studio album, Boomiverse.
His first release since 2012's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Boomiverse comes on the heels of Big Grams, Big Boi's 2015 critically acclaimed collaborative project with electro rock duo Phantogram. Big Boi's position as the wily veteran is as evident as ever on the album's intro, "Da Next Day," an opener that pairs him with longtime collaborators Organized Noize, who helped oversee the production process during the recording of the album and contribute multiple tracks of their own. Other producers on the album include Cory Mo, DJ Dahi, DJ Khalil, Jake Troth, Scott Storch, TM88, and Young Cali, who supply Big Boi with an array of refined soundscapes to get his point across.
Also boasting a guest list that includes Adam Levine, Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane, Pimp C, Jeezy Killer Mike, Eric Bellinger and other star talent, Boomiverse is another blockbuster release from Big Boi, who continues to be a model of consistency and longevity. Here are our five favorite tracks.
"If I ever gotta question about how it's 'sposed to be/I can't ask nobody that, really, who know more than me" Eric Bellinger croons on "Overthunk," his collaboration with Big Boi from the ATLien's latest solo effort. Produced by Organized Noize, "Overthunk" examines Big Boi's place in the game, looking at the disparity between the old school and the new generation, as well as economically and socially. Doing his bidding over a futuristic, synth laden backdrop, Big Boi delivers a winner with "Overthunk."
Daddy Fat Sax scores a posthumous Pimp C guest feature on "In The South," which features a sample of the deceased Texan's drawl on the hook. Produced by Organized Noize, Cory Mo & TM88, the track pays homage to the life below the Mason-Dixon line, and also includes a verse from Gucci Mane, who lends his effortless swagger to the proceedings. "In The South" is a premier cut.
Big Boi calls in Curren$y and Killer Mike for an assist on "Follow Deez." Curren$y, who tackles the hook and contributes a verse, gives a visual of his habitat, drawling "Follow me into a land where Impalas squat/Young niggas with hammers and daily body drop" and noting his love for Monte Carlos and convertibles. Not to be outdone, both Big Boi and Killer Mike also turn in favorable performances over the Mannie Fresh produced track.
A Hatsune Miku sample from Aura Qualic beckons the listener on "Kill Jill," one of the early selections on Boomiverse and one that instantly gets your attention. "Kill Jill" finds Big Boi keeping it strictly Atlanta on this outing, teaming up with Killer Mike and Jeezy for a bit of stunting and money talk over production by Young Cali, Organized Noize, and Big Boi himself. The song leaked from Boomiverse, "Kill Jill" was an early indicator of what fans could expect from the album.
Big Boi cooks up audio napalm with "Made Man," a Beat Butcha & Seige Monstracity produced posse cut that finds Big Boi's mettle tested against a formidable line-up of spitters. Featuring Renegade El Rey, Killer Mike, and Kurrupt, "Made Man" sees all four rappers laying down impressive stanzas, with Renegade El Rey getting particularly aggressive, warning "Hangin' out the window/Like I'm Malcolm with the yopper/If I said it then I meant it/Ain't apologizing partner." Including a monstrous verse on the part of Killer Mike, and Kurrupt anchiring the track with a bit of Cali flavor, "Made Man" is one of the album's rawest selections.