Entries tagged with: Big Boi
As promised, the official Game of Thrones hip-hop mixtape, Catch the Throne, was released this morning. Featuring such rappers as Big Boi, Bodega Bamz, Common, and Wale, the tracks were made from samples from the insanely popular HBO fantasy series. You can stream it below.
by Bill Pearis
HBO's fantasy megahit Game of Thrones will return for Season 4 on Sunday, April 6 and hype is ramping up...and expanding into new areas. On Friday (3/7) they're releasing an ice-and-fire-themed mixtape titled Catch the Throne, featuring Big Boi, Common, Wale, Bodega Bamz, and more. The mixtape features beats made out of music from the show, plus dialogue samples. Says Common in a promo video, "Game of Thrones centers around battles for power, and rap is definitely a battle for power." You can get a preview of the mixtape via that promo video below.
While the nature of the series doesn't allow for as much modern pop to be used in it as, say, True Detective, Game of Thrones does still work it in where applicable. Songs exist within the world of George RR Martin's novels that the show is based on, and The National and The Hold Steady have recorded versions of Westeros' two biggest hits, "The Rains of Castamere" and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," respectively. And there have been cameos: Will Champion of Coldplay was in the "Red Wedding" band, and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody was in S3 as well. Sigur Ros' Jónsi, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason will all cameo in S4.
Meanwhile, the new trailer for Season 4 (which is based on the second half of Martin's action-packed A Storm of Swords) uses The Everlove's cover of Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Cities and Dust" and you can watch that below as well...
Andre 3000 and Big Boi's basically unknown hip hop duo Outkast are already announced for this year's Coachella and Governors Ball festivals, and they've now announced that they'll be performing at over 40 festivals this year. Exact festivals are still TBA, but any guesses on where they might play? Bonnaroo? Lollapalooza? SXSW?
Via Outkast's announcement:
"It's truly an honor to celebrate 20 years and still be free to do music the way we choose," said Big Boi. "Don't just think outside the box, know that there is no box. I'm looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans - stank you smelly much, this is for y'all!"Watch an Outkast video below...
"And imagine, all we wanted to do was rap! I am thankful to have been a part of a group that allowed me to explore anything that came to mind and have fun doing it. Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for their 20 years of supporting Outkast," said André 3000.
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Big Boi of Outkast in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
We already knew that Arcade Fire are playing Coachella 2014, and more clues about the lineup are trickling in, including the very exciting announcement there will be an Outkast reunion! Billboard reports that they've heard from multiple sources that the duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi will indeed rejoin forces at the upcoming festival and then play additional festival dates in 2014. We heard the same. Stay tuned.
Revisit their video for "ATLiens" below...
Killer Mike at Webster Hall in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, Big Boi had to cancel his tour with Killer Mike, but since rescheduled it and is set to return to NYC on October 1 at Brooklyn Bowl. At the time, Killer Mike wasn't scheduled for that show, and he's since been in NYC when he and El-P (as Run the Jewels) played Webster Hall and Fool's Gold Day Off, but since we last spoke Killer Mike has officially been added to the Brooklyn Bowl show, along with Nyzzy Nyce. Tickets for that show are still available.
Big Boi recently made a video for his song "Thom Pettie" with Little Dragon (also touring) and Killer Mike. Check it out, along with the updated list of tour dates, below...
Janelle Monae was doing the forward-thinking R&B thing a couple years before it blew up, and now her new album The Electric Lady is set to drop in the midst of all the rage. (September 10 via Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy Records, to be specific). It includes tracks with Erykah Badu, Miguel, Prince, Solange, Big Boi, Cee-Lo Green, and Esperanza Spalding.
Janelle recently announced an extensive tour in support of the album which previously didn't include a NYC date, but now one's been added: October 18 at The Apollo. Tickets for her show at the legendary venue go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster/Apollo A-List presales today (8/29) at 10 AM (password for Live Nation presale is "summer," for Ticketmaster presale is "electriclady," and for Apollo A-List presale is "apollo") and the general on-sale begins Thursday, September 5 at noon.
All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from her new album and the tracklist, below...
Big Boi in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Doppelgangaz are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on July 3 with a lineup that also includes Soul Khan, D. Prince, and Faux Pas. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Matt Pond is playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 25. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Killer Mike at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Killer Mike and El-P teamed up as Run the Jewels this year and announced that they would release a free album under that name this June. The album is out now (and features guest spots from Big Boi, Until the Ribbon Breaks, and Prince Paul) and can be downloaded in exchange for your email address below. You can also purchase the physical version and a number of deluxe formats at the Fool's Gold site.
Big Boi also just rescheduled tour dates that he had to cancel due to injury. The new dates include a NYC happening on October 1 at Brooklyn Bowl with "special guests." Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (6/27) at 10 AM.
Download the Run the Jewels album below...
Big Boi in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Big Boi had to cancel a number of tour dates, including last Thursday's (6/20) Prospect Park show, due to a knee injury. He's since recovered and announced a leg of rescheduled dates that he'll play this September/October. Rather than the big free outdoor show that Big Boi would have played last week, his rescheduled date happens on October 1 at Brooklyn Bowl, the same venue he played in April. No word on yet on ticket information for that show, but you can check Brooklyn Bowl's site for updates.
Thursday's Prospect Park show did go on as planned with long-running West Coast duo Blackalicious taking Big Boi's spot, and support coming from Phony PPL and D-Nice. If you missed them last week, Blackalicious play the Best Buy Theatre on Saturday (6/29) opening for The Cat Empire. Tickets are still available.
All rescheduled Big Boi dates are listed below...
As mentioned, Big Boi was on a tour with Killer Mike this year which already hit NYC and was going to bring Big Boi back for a free Prospect Park show (without Killer Mike) in June. But unfortunately, that Prospect Park show and the rest of the Killer Mike tour have been cancelled due to Big Boi's knee injury which will take 6 weeks to heal. Killer Mike tweeted that the shows will be moved to September. Big Boi also instagrammed the above picture with the hashtag #backoutcheain6weeks. Updated Big Boi dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, as mentioned, Killer Mike and El-P have a free album on the way under the name Run the Jewels, and that project will also be going on a tour which hits NYC on August 14 at Webster Hall. Support at that show comes from Despot and Kool A.D.. Tickets for it are still available.
This unfortunate news about Big Boi comes just after learning his OutKast partner Andre 3000's mother passed away this week.
Updated dates are listed below...
Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.
The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Run the Jewels - "Get It" (MP3)
El-P in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Killer Mike and El-P, who previously teamed up with El-P produced Killer Mike's 2012 album R.A.P. Music and when Mike rapped a verse on El-P's Cancer for Cure, are teaming up again this year under the name Run the Jewels. The duo will release a "free album and limited edition items" this June via Fool's Gold. The first song from the album, "Get It," should appeal to anyone who liked "Butane (Champions Anthem)" or "Tougher Colder Killer", and the way they're quickly trading verses here sounds like they're having even more fun than before. You can download that one above or stream it below.
Killer Mike is currently on tour with Big Boi (and he just brought out El-P at their Brooklyn Bowl show), but when that tour ends, Run the Jewels will go on their own tour. Support on that tour comes from El-P and Killer Mike's past tourmate Despot and ex-Das Racist member Kool AD. It culminates in NYC with a show on August 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check ticketmaster for updates.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Big Boi & Killer Mike - "In the A" (Shoes For Running Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Big Boi & Killer Mike - Shoes For Running Mixtape (ZIP)
Big Boi at Brooklyn Bowl - 4/24/13 (via @therealbigboi)
"That's what we call the appetizer portion of the set. We just gettin' started," said Big Boi at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/24) after playing huge OutKast hits like "Rosa Parks," "ATLiens," his own big one, "Shutterbug," and a ton of others. It's the kind of material a different artist might have saved for the encore, but Big Boi doesn't waste any time getting the party started. He kept the whole show on that level for the entirety of the (approximately) hour and a half set, and with 20 years of quality material, Big Boi can do that kind of thing. The place was totally packed with people cheering, singing, and dancing all night. And the crowd's spirits were as high as everyone's on stage, Big Boi's excellent live band included. They played a ton of other OutKast favorites throughout the set too, including "Bombs Over Bagdad," "Ms. Jackson," "So Fresh So Clean," standouts from his 2010 solo LP ("General Patton, "Fo Yo Sorrows"), standouts from his 2012 LP ("Apple of My Eye," "Lines"), and of course, the sort-of solo cut, "The Way You Move."
Big Boi brought out tourmate/frequent collaborator/fellow Dungeon Family member Killer Mike a few times during the set, including during the song that put Killer Mike in the public consciousness, "The Whole World." (A video of that one is below.) He didn't, however, come out during "In The A," which the two rappers just released a remix of as part of their tour mixtape, which features every track where both Big Boi and Killer Mike appear (download above, stream below). On that mixtape, Killer Mike says he and Big Boi have an album in the works.
Killer Mike's opening set was short but all-killer, kicking off with "Big Beast," the riotous opening track off last year's R.A.P. Music. It quickly got the crowd going... but not enough for Killer Mike's standards, because it wasn't until he encouraged everyone to move in and go wild that the place really set off. And whipping out his Bone Crusher/T.I. collab, "Never Scared," didn't hurt either. Mike's set included other highlights from R.A.P. Music too, like the highly political "Reagan," which he performs a cappella. And though he usually prefaces it with a speech about the government, his mic got cut off right when he started (conspiracy theories abound!). He also brought out El-P, who produced all of R.A.P. Music, to rap his verse on "Butane (Champions Anthem)." Killer Mike and El-P are currently working on a new collaborative project called Run the Jewels (Big Boi's reportedly involved too). You can stream a snippet of a new song from that below.
All song streams, video, and another instagram picture of last night's show, below...
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.
Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...
Osheaga Festival is returning to Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 2-4. This year's lineup includes The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, New Order, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Hot Chip, Alt-J, Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, Big Boi, Baauer, Father John Misty, Disclosure, Frightened Rabbit, Angel Haze, Jessie Ware, DIIV, Guards, and many more.
3-Day passes go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. There are still over 20 artists TBA, but you can browse the complete initial lineup below...
Big Boi at Millenium Center, Nov 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The pimpin-est half of ATL duo Outkast, better known as Big Boi, will gather strength in the next month in order to prepare for a large scale US tour with Killer Mike. The dates (via Rolling Stone) include TWO shows for NYCers, including Brooklyn Bowl on April 24 (ticket info on the way) and June 20 at Prospect Park as part of Celebrate Brooklyn (ditto).
The tour will be the first for the MC since releasing his new LP Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors, which hit late last year. Check out a recent video for "Apple of My Eye" below.
Dungeon Family associate Killer Mike also has some upcoming dates on the solo tip, so look out for the MC. NYC is included, specifically March 20 at Public Assembly with Two-9 and Morri$. Details on how to get in are here.
All tour dates below...
It may not be quite as awesome as Jesse Jackson reading Green Eggs and Ham but you've never heard How the Grinch Stole Christmas till you've heard Big Boi (whose new album is out now) bring you the "full version." Needless to say, maybe not for kids!
photos by Sachyn Mital
Big Boi with Phantogram @ SOB's, 12/10/2012
Following his gig over the weekend at The Studio @ Webster Hall, Big Boi played his second NYC show in less than a week at SOB's Monday night (12/10), or third if you count an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. The Hot 97 show was an invite/contest-only Hot 97 affair in celebration of his Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors LP which hit store shelves today. He was joined Phantogram for "Objectum Sexuality," and "CPU," and then A$AP Rocky came out as well for his verse on "Lines."
More pictures from SOB's, including one of the setlist, below...
photos by David Andrako
Big Boi at The Studio @ Webster Hall, 12/8/2012
Big Boi weekend began on Friday when he performed on 'Fallon' with Little Dragon (we posted that video in What's Going On Saturday and you can also watch it below) and continued on Saturday (12/8) when he and his live band played an intimate show at The Studio at Webster Hall. Big Boi played three tracks off his new album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors ("Mama Told Me," "CPU," and "Apple of My Eye"), his great 2010 single, "Shutterbug," and a lot of OutKast ("ATLiens," "Skew It On The Bar-B," "Rosa Parks," "Ms Jackson," "B.O.B."). Big Boi wraps up his NYC run with a Hot 97 show at SOB's on Monday (12/10).
Fallon video, more pictures and the setlist from Saturday's show are below.
Yo La Tengo @ Celebrate Brooklyn, August 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Big Boi @ Austin Fader party on 8/7/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Owen @ Union Hall
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Justin Peake @ The Stone
* 2 Chainz @ Roseland Ballroom
* Os Mutantes @ Le Poisson Rouge
* 4th AnnualLennon Party @ Glasslands
* Reggie Watts @ Etsy Holiday Shop
* Alsarah & The Nubatones @ Barbes
* Royal Trux, Pigeons @ Saint Vitus
* Big Boi @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Porcelain Raft @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
* Jonny Santos DJ set @ Etsy Holiday Shop
* Savoir Adore, Willy Moon @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Russell Crowe and Alan Doyle @ Joe's Pub
* Hiro Kone, Drew McDowall, Nymph @ Zebulon
* Marlowe Grey, King Holiday @ Mercury Lounge
* Acid Problem, Half Day, Very Rare @ Big Snow
* State Radio, Black Pistol Fire @ Webster Hall
* Golem, Smoota, Schlep Sisterrs @ Cameo Art Gallery
* Luke Rathborne, Mainland, Lazyeyes, Gracie @ Pianos
* Slow Hands, Brooklyn Bass, Nooka Jones @ Public Assembly
* Mother Feather, Kendra Morris, Wifey @ The Bowery Electric
* Hank & Cupcakes, Charlene Kaye, The Kickback @ Mercury Lounge
* New Found Glory, The Story So Far, Candy Hearts @ Irving Plaza
* St. Lucia, GOLD FIELDS, Ghost Beach @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gary War, Purple Pilgrims, PC Worship, Alan Watts @ Death By Audio
* The Rolling Stones, Mary J. Blige, Gary Clark Jr. @ Barclays Center
* DRI, Mucky Pup, No Redeeming Social Value, Undivided, Blackout @ The Studio
* Wild International, Dinowalrus, Life Size Maps, Spires @ Shea Stadium
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Higgins Waterproof Blackmagic Band, DJ Creep @ Union Pool
* Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), YXIMALLOO, Highlife, Ian Drennan @ 285 Kent
* Subsonics, The Upper Crust, The Recordettes, The Lost Crusaders @ Cake Shop
* Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears @ Terminal 5
* Delicate Steve, The Stone Foxes, Grandfather Child, White Violet @ Gramercy Theatre
* Tinsel Teeth, Big Ups, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Advaeta, Yeah Well Whatever @ 255 McKibbin
* Cyndi Lauper Holiday Show w/ Sarah McLachlan, Adam Lambert, St. Vincent, Roberta Flack, Alexis Krauss, Hunter Valentine @ Beacon Theatre
Tons of big deal shows tonight: the Stones at Barclays, Big Boi at the Studio @ Webster Hall, Yeah Yeah Yeahs's Sandy benefit at Union Pool, and "Royal Trux" (minus Jennifer Heremma) playing Twin Infinitives at Saint Vitus, and more.
Happy first night of Hanukkah! That means it's also the first night of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's. Who will be the secret opener tonight?
John Lennon died 32 years ago today. Tonight, Glasslands holds it's annual Lennon Party and this year's features members of Acrylics, Caged Animals, Erika Spring, Ex Cops, Har Mar Superstar, Psychic,, & Rewards, SoftSpot, Sugars, TEEN, White Gallery, Yellow Ostrich and more performing his songs. All proceeds go toward Hurricane Sandy relief. Tickets are still available.
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As mentioned above, Big Boi plays the tiny Studio @ Webster Hall tonight. Last night he was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performing "Mama Told Me" with Little Dragon and you can watch that below.
Roc Marciano just released a video for "Deeper" and you can check that out below.
We recently pointed out that Big Boi will be in NYC to play a semi-private show at SOB's. We more recently updated that post with news of a TV appearance:
Big Boi will stop by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (12/7) to perform "Mama Told Me" with Little Dragon, who were initially supposed to guest on the song's recording, but were replaced on the album by Kelly Rowland.Now we find out, via mfc (and the flyer above), that Big Boi will be playing the Studio at Webster Hall Saturday (12/8). Tickets will be available at 8pm TODAY (12/5).
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Big Boi releases his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, next week (12/11) via Def Jam. His solo debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, is still my single favorite hip hop album of the new decade so naturally I've been seriously anticipating VLADR since Big Boi mentioned he began work on it. And admittedly, the album is a bit overshadowed by its predecessor, due in part to lacking a song as huge as "Shutterbug." But though the album never hits a moment as large as that one, it's still a winner in its own right.
Vicious Lies opens up like a classic OutKast album, with a short, slow and pretty intro track that leads right into a blunted headknocker, "The Thickets," which appropriately features Sleepy Brown of Organized Noize, who worked on a lot of early OutKast. The bar continues to raise on the next track, a rhythmic club track up there with "Tangerine" or the Big Boi-featuring Janelle Monae track from that same year, "Tightrope." The album plateaus a bit there but more standouts start appearing later on with tracks like "Thom Pettie," a dirty synth track with a great hook from Little Dragon and a characteristically abrasive verse from Killer Mike. Later on we get "Lines," which is probably the best track on the album thanks to a killer chorus from Phantogram that doesn't leave your head once its in there (A$AP Rocky is on the track too). But the most interesting moment of the album has to be "Shoes For Running," which is carried by a hook sung by Wavves dude Nathan Williams. The only thing stopping it from being a total head scratcher is that Nathan toured with GZA and Killer Mike (which itself was a head scratcher) and I still can't decide if it's one of those fun indie/rap collabs like Kid Cudi and MGMT's "Pursuit of Happiness that you'll be hearing all year, or just plain weird. But the fact that I'm still going on about it must say something.
Before that, Big Boi will stop by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (12/7) to perform "Mama Told Me" with Little Dragon, who were initially supposed to guest on the song's recording, but were replaced on the album by Kelly Rowland.
Since we last spoke about the album, Big Boi has (legally) revealed two more of its tracks, the Kid Cudi-featuring "She Hates Me," and the T.I. and Ludacris-featuring Atlanta boasting party "In the A," both of which you can hear below. In related news, TI just revealed his storied track with Andre 3000, "Sorry," which will appear on his upcoming Trouble Man LP and can also be streamed below.
by Andrew Sacher
As expected, there have been lots of (dangerous) rumors floating around about Big Boi's upcoming sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which is due out December 11 via Def Jam (pushed back from November 13). He's now revealed what is (fingers crossed!) the official tracklist for the album and the guest spots are pretty exciting. Despite Little Dragon's initial guest spot having gone to Kelly Rowland a while back, the group actually appears on three other album tracks. The album's got plenty of love from the dirty south, like on "Gossip," which features veteran UGK and worthy newcomer Big K.R.I.T.; frequent Outkast/Big Boi collaborator Killer Mike appears on a track with Little Dragon; TI and Ludacris end up on a track together; and Sleepy Brown of Organized Noize, who produced a ton of Outkast back in the day is on one too. In more surprising (and also exciting) news, Wavves and Jai Paul are both on the album. As is A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Kid Cudi, and others. You can check out the full tracklist below.
In related news, TI also revealed the tracklist for his much-delayed upcoming album, Trouble Man (due out 12/18), and it looks a bit different than the one we initially mentioned. The most striking difference is that the song sampling Gotye and featuring Kendrick Lamar is not listed anymore. But in more positive news, Big Boi's Outkast partner Andre 3000 is there on the song, "Sorry" (the one where he allegedly apologizes to Big Boi). Cee Lo Green, A$AP Rocky, R. Kelly, and more are set to appear too. The full tracklist is below. TI plays NYC on December 18 at Best Buy Theater (tickets).