Big Boi drops 'Shutterbugg,' solo debut finally on the way

Big-BoiA post recently appeared in this space under the headline “Big Boi plays SXSW. Now, where’s that album?” Just kidding — I published that piece over a year ago, after the OutKast star promised last year’s SXSW attendees that his solo debut, Sir Luscious Left Foot, would be in their hands by “June or July.” Needless to say, June and July 2009 came and went with no Big Boi album.

Things have been looking up for Big Boi lately, though. He officially decamped from his and OutKast’s longtime label home at LaFace/Jive and signed with Def Jam. And last night, he premiered a new single from the still-upcoming Sir Luscious Left Foot called “Shutterbugg.” It’s fantastic. Andre 3000 reportedly picked this as his partner’s next solo single, and it shows: Like so much of their best work together over the years, “Shutterbugg” knows no fixed genre. The beat has a left-field party vibe that would have fit comfortably on OutKast’s classic Stankonia, all liquid synth lines and elastic guitars. Singers sing, with and without vocoders, over and around Big Boi’s rhymes. Oh, those rhymes. His flow and wit haven’t aged a day since Speakerboxxx. Are there still people who doubt that Big Boi is on the same level of lyrical talent as the great Andre? There shouldn’t be.

Then again, this is hardly the first awesome taste Big Boi has given us of Sir Luscious Left Foot. If “Shine Blockas” and “Royal Flush” didn’t get him out of release-date purgatory, will “Shutterbugg” be any different? Let’s hope so. I haven’t seen a solid new date for the project yet, but I’ve reached out to his new label to see if one exists. In the meantime, give “Shutterbugg” a listen after the jump (NSFW language) and let us know how much you’re looking forward to Big Boi’s album.

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  • Bubbatwo420

    Sir Lucioius Left Foot: Son of Dusty Chico will be released on May 4th. Big Boi and Outkast are my favorite artists of all time, can’t wait!

    • Anmol

      these cats make me enjoy rap again but all that glow sticc muzic on the radio sux. History is repeating liestf..they take the soul out of the music and then black folks. They had our favorite artist rapping over techno beats now they get no play and Like a G6 is a smash hit. Aint no soul in it . e pill music

  • Via

    Perfect timing; I was listening to him on Janelle Monae’s Tightrope song just as I clicked on this link. After listening to this song a few times, I’m liking it more and more. And anyone who has ever completely listened to an Outkast album shouldn’t question Big Boi’s lyrical capability, his flow is as tight as this beat is funky.

  • Big O

    Always Fresh. Just another classic from the Atlanta!

  • starlisa13

    I can not wait!! Outkast is my favorite and anything from them, solo or together, is welcomed at my house!

  • Abdullah

    Big Boi and Dre are good on their own, but they need to drop Outkast albums more often. Together they are esaily top ten Hip Hop acts of all time.

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