BIG BOI is packing heaters much deeper than SHUTTERBUGG

lucious leftfoot’s got his best foot forward darling lord have mercy how them flows stay so cold

♫ Big Boi – Shutterbugg (Ft. Cutty)

Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty has been years in the making, and highly anticipated for even longer. It’s finally out and there is not much to say here. This is it. This is how hip-hop is done. If you have ever enjoyed a jam by either half of Outkast, solo or together, then this is your album. Big Boi is dripping with flow as he tears through verse after of verse of solid lyrics, wrapping them in the funkiest, freshest beats you’ve heard all year. Guest stars abound, funny rhymes at every turn, the sketches are short and weet, and it’s danceability is unquestionable. I’ve already posted twice on tracks from this album so this will serve as a brief confirmation of what we all knew would happen. Big Boi may have taken his sweet ass time (label problems didn’t help) but the final product more than justifies every second of waiting.

♫ Big Boi – Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane] (previously posted)

We already know how much I love “Shine Blockas,” and now “Daddy Fat Sax” and “Turns Me On” are climbing the ranks as album highlights. Damn, now that I have typed that it doesn’t feel right. The album is playing in the background and as one tracks flows to the next I am having a hard time pinpointing any low points in the mix. Even slow jam “Hustle Blood” featuring easy-target Jamie Foxx is smooth as fuck and heats up the room at least 3 degrees. Anyway, quit reading this baloney and get this album. Highly recommended for fans of music, hip-hop or not. (And don’t forget to grab this non-album gem featuring Andree 3000. Hells yeah.)

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BIG BOI is LOOKIN fresh and FOR me, he is sounding even fresher, YA know?

like we work at ikea, test every piece of furniture to see if it is stable, you want to take it out on me then do it on the table

♫ Big Boi – Lookin For Ya f. Andre 3000 & Sleepy Brown

So Big Boi’s loooong awaited solo album is finally coming out July 6th and since the already leaked “Shine Blockas” is one of the best songs of last year, you know we are stoked. Well, the latest news is that Def Jam is blocking Andre 3000 from being on the album so all his collaborations were cut from the final track-list. That brings us to “Lookin For Ya” which was probably supposed to be on the LP but has instead been leaked for our advanced enjoyment. Thanks Def Jam! Both Outkast guys are on point and Sleepy Brown provides steamy R&B vocals to set the mood over an elastic-funk bass-line that instantly loosens the hips. All I’m saying is that Friday night better watch it’s back.

♫ Big Boi – General Patton

Meanwhile, we also have “General Patton” (Big Boi was born Antwan André Patton) which is the horn fueled epic anthem that I know will soon be blasting from many a party-bound car stereo. (The end of the track included a bonus how-to on a new sexual position called The David Blaine. Not for beginners.) A few other tracks are floating around so track em down or wait for the full album. Either way, it’s gonna be a good summer for hip-hop.

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The 25 Best Songs of 2009… Since Then / July-Dec.

Here is my list of the best songs of the second half of 2009. Be sure to read the first half’s list here and treat the two posts as a tag team of epic jams.

Wow, what a year. TBE is a month shy of it’s first birthday and now I have to wrap it’s whole existence into a short list? Tough times. Well, since objectivity is a myth, I am gonna keep my Best 20.9 Songs Of 2009 So Far list as the gold standard for my pre-July opinions and instead focus on the year’s latter half here. Why let time revise my previous favorites when the same fate will never befall these tracks? After all, it’s just a calendar. Anyway, I hope this list serves as a reminder of some forgotten jams or, if you are new to TBE, introduce you a new favorite jam. Whoever you are, and however you ended up here (Hi freeloaders!), may you enjoy the shit out of your time here (and there).

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BIG BOI is about to SHINE. Cock-BLOCKAS can step off.


i’m on my grind shawdy, don’t block my shine shawdy

♫ Big Boi – Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane]

Oh man, I was just beginning to lose hope in getting a fresh hip hop anthem to get amped to. No surprise that it dipped in from Big Boi who comes correct with this mid-tempo anthem for cruising in convertibles everywhere. Everyone knows that my white ass isn’t up on his rap game so no surprise I don’t know shit about Gucci Mane except how to say his name. But whatever, this jam is is a taste of Big Boi’s long awaited solo LP, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The thing has been in the works for years so it’s good to hear this freshness. I am officially stoked.

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