Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) @BigGrams

big-grams-slide“Aye yo Big Boi from Outkast got a new project with an experimental electronic rock group called Phantogram.”

Not a surprising statement at all, Big Boi has been stepping outside the box for more than 20 years now. Outkast bursts on the scene in 1993 and changed the boundaries of southern hip hop along with Organized Noize productions. With their second album Big Boi and his Outkasted brother Andre Benjamin took the production reigns and stretched out even further. All of the following Outkast albums would see the duo reinvent themselves and land on their feet. That is not an easy thing to do in today’s music business because see artist as one thing and keep artist in that same box, but diehard Outkast Fast-forward to 2010 and Outkast are on hiatus and Andre 3000 is becoming the “Prince Rogers Nelson” of hip hop and his guest verses are gold and become an event. Andre is seen as the artistic, alternative fashion wearing, cosmic verse dropping, and reclusive half of Outkast. Big Boi was always seen as the more down-to-earth half of Outkast, the more relatable of the duo. Big Boi kept and keeps Outkast in tune with the hood while Dre keeps Outkast number 1 among aliens. An often overlooked part of Big Boi’s repertoire is the great artist that he put on including Killer Mike, Janelle Monae. Big even did a hip hop opera? So, for as much as people like to think the 2 members of Outkast are polar opposites they are actually very much alike in that they love to experiment and expand.

image19The story goes that Big Boi was online and saw a popup ad for the experimental electronic rock group Phantogram sends a few tweets, links up with them and the music starts to flow, simple as that. The debut self-titled album was released on September 25th and features Run The Jewels and Skrillex with production by the group and 9th Wonder. Check these 3 joints as a sampler.




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