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 as unofficially reuniting Outkast, via tacking his own verses onto pre-existing Andre 3000 features. Daddy Fat Stax recently sat down with Hardknock 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, Vicous Lies & Dangerous Rumors, crediting the idea to his grandmother. Apparently Granny Fat Stax had said “If she was gonna write a book, she was gonna tell on everybody”, while she refrained from exposing any of Big Boi's dark family secrets, she inspired him to write the album which he says is "really about the search for the truth”. The ATL legend also mentions that social media played a role in the title, as we're living in "the age of information... where you have things that are not facts that can be thrown out there and can be misconstrued as fact".
Big Boi also had some kind words for Dr. Dre's The Chronic, which he'd recently placed in a compilation of his favourite albums of all time. "The Chronic album definitely stood out for one of the main reasons to me was how it was put together, it was real cinematic" said Big. "Dr. Dre was introducing some of the most lethal emcees back then. There was Snoop, and Kurupt, and a whole crew of fresh young cats coming out over Dr. Dre production, and the skits kinda tied the whole album together" he gushed. "It takes you on an adventure."
Big Boi also shared how he was able to get a verse from the late Pimp C on one of his tracks on the new album. Big revealed that he'd “had it for years” and that "it was on a record a long time ago that was unreleased". He was pretty excited to get the verse, exclaiming, “UGK 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.