Though it doesn’t feel like it, Sir Luscious Left Foot (Purple Ribbon/Def Jam) is Big Boi’s debut solo album. During his time in the spotlight, Big Boi has been assumed to be the straight urban side of Outkast (the Grammy winning hip-pop juggernaut) complementing the pop-inclined Andre 3000.

Recorded over three years from 2007 to 2010 with a collection of some of the greatest producers in the business (Scott Storch, Organized Noize, Salaam Remi), the record has a cohesive feeling to it despite the large cast. This suggests that Big Boi was heavily involved in every step of the process. The resulting album sounds very much like the Big Boi from Outkast, with great hooks and quirkiness that had previously been assumed to be the work of Andre 3000. Sir Luscious Left Foot side-steps the tendency for solo albums to be extravagant and self-indulgent and instead produces a solid setlist of 14 potential singles. It’s worth noting that the recording quality of the album is excellent and that it avoids cliches of modern hip hop. Sir Luscious Left Foot is an album as original and varied as Big Boi himself. It differentiates itself from Outkast’s back-catalogue but without losing anything we loved about Big Boi to begin with.

Personal favourites are Tangerine and Daddy Fat Sax, but every listener will have a different favourite. There are no bad tracks.

Big Boi – Daddy Fat Sax


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