Connector, Loyal Family & Leisure Studies present
Memorial Day BBQ feat. Big Boi
4191 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63110
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 1:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
A 20-year career as a Hip Hop artist is rare. A 20-year career as a Hip Hop artist who gets
better with every album is unheard of. But in the case of Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, it's no
As one half of Outkast with his partner in rhyme Andre 3000, Big Boi blazed trails and broke
blueprints with three certified classics; 1994's Southerplayalisticadilacmuzik, 1996's ATLiens
and 1998's Aquemini. The duo then brought in the new millenium by selling four million copies
of their genre-defying fourth studio album Stankonia only to follow it up with the diamond-selling
opus Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
Now, nearly a decade later Big Boi continues to break ground on his own with his second
solo album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. The follow up to 2010's critically-acclaimed
Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Vicious Lies... seeks to bring the truth in an era
where anything but is accepted as the real.
"I borrowed the title from my Grandmother who passed away," explains Big. "She beat cancer
twice and the family said she needed to make a movie about her life. She said she would write
a book instead and call it Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors because she was going to tell it
how it is. So to me the title is a search for the undisputed truth. We're living in the information
age with everything at your fingertips. But at same time, with social media you can take
something and it will spread whether if it's true or not."
Describing the album as "one-half Outkast, one whole of me," Big Boi takes sole possession of
the wheel behind the Cadillac that is the Outkast legacy and cruises into unchartered territory
with his thirst to expand the rules of music serving as the navigation.
The rap veteran known as General Patton shows off his rank on the lyrical exercise "The
Thickets" and later leads the charge on "In the A" featuring fellow Atlanta troops T.I. and
Ludacris. Futuristic funk is explored on the digital jams "Objectum Sexuality" and "CPU," both
featuring indie pop duo Phantogram. Then Big opens up the soul basket and talks about the
gain and pain of relationships on "She Hates Me" featuring Kid Cudi.
Even while being established with six Grammy Awards and 25 million records sold worldwide
Big Boi proves that he can still spar with the new jacks when he recruits A$AP Rocky for
the Organized Noize-produced "Lines" and sprint with the current stars on the adrenaline-
pumping "Shoes For Running" featuring B.o.B. Also a master of melody, Big displays his "funk
throat" on the playful "Raspberries" featuring long time collaborator Scar and bounces over in-
house producers The Flush's pulsating pianos on the lead single "Mama Told Me" featuring
"I'm a student of music, I always looked at myself as a young Luke Skywalker," says Big,
insisting that none of the special appearances or production came from phone calls but from
serendipity and surprise visits. "I always want to learn about the music and use all different
genres. I don't even look at the cameos on the album as multiple features. I see them all as
pieces that go together."
Keeping the Outkast artistic tradition alive, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors' album art is
presented as a pocket-sized art gallery with customized paintings to accompany each track.
The Rolling Stone-esque logo with the clinched teeth featured on the CD represents how in
these times you have to be careful about what you say. Big has made a name for himself being
selective with his words, which is why each one he says to this day means something special.
"Today's trend is that you come in, get hot and disappear," says the living legend. "You're not
supposed to come out, get hot, do the biggest album ever and then keep cruising to where it's
undeniable. If you don't like this album, you don't like music."