Big Boi speaks on how his grandmother inspired the title of VLADR, as well as why "The Chronic" was so important for its time.
Big Boi has been busy promoting his new album Vicous Lies & Dangerous Rumors, as well asÂ unofficially reunitingÂ Outkast, viaÂ tacking his own verses onto pre-existing Andre 3000 features. Daddy Fat Stax recently sat down with HardknockÂ TV, to discuss his new album, as well as some of his heroes in the rap game.
Big Boi revealed the inspiration behind the title,Â Vicous Lies & Dangerous Rumors, crediting the idea to his grandmother. Apparently Granny Fat Stax had saidÂ âIf she was gonna write a book, she was gonna tell on everybodyâ, while she refrained from exposing any of Big Boi's dark familyÂ secrets, she inspired him to write the album which he says isÂ "really about the search for the truthâ. The ATL legend also mentions that social media played a role in the title, as we're living in "the age of information...Â where you have things that are not facts that can be thrown out there andÂ can be misconstrued as fact".
Big Boi also had some kind words for Dr. Dre'sÂ The Chronic, which he'd recently placed in a compilation of his favourite albums of all time.Â "The Chronic album definitelyÂ stood out for one of the main reasons toÂ me was howÂ it was put together, it was real cinematic" said Big.Â "Dr. Dre was introducing some of the most lethal emcees back then. There was Snoop, and Kurupt, and a whole crewÂ of freshÂ young cats coming out over Dr. Dre production, and the skits kinda tied the whole album together" he gushed.Â "It takes you on an adventure."
Big Boi also shared how heÂ was ableÂ to get a verse from the late Pimp C on one of his tracks on the new album. Big revealed that he'dÂ âhad it for yearsâ and thatÂ "it was on a record a long time ago that wasÂ unreleased". He was pretty excited to get the verse, exclaiming,Â âUGK is like on of my favourite groups ever". He also mentioned that he was happy to get Big K.R.I.T. involved in the process, as people often say he has a similar sound to both UGK and Outkast.
Check out the full interview with Big Boi below.