Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Booklet Version)

5/5

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

Big Boi

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

  1. gives it a: 4/5

    Demands repeated listens. The collaborations with Phantogram clearly stand out. Those songs are the move inventive and original sounding.

    It’s hard to go wrong with Ludacris and TI on the track, “In The A.” Luda shows us he still has the verbal wordplay skills and trademark humor.

    What stands out more than anything is the joy on this record. You can just hear the fun Big Boi had with his collaborators.

    One of the best of 2012.

  2. gives it a: 5/5

    It’s albums like this that make me proud to be from the A.

    Definitely a solid follow-up to “Sir Lucious…”, Antwan has continuously shown the hip-hop community what it is to be on top of your game. There’s several hits from this record that I’m sure will find their way on the charts, but not without a slight initial reluctance from the general public.

  3. gives it a: 5/5

    On his last solo outing, Antwan placed himself firmly on equal footing with Andre as a lyricist (though it’s still apples and oranges). On this one, he proved that his musical mind deserves the very same reckoning. It’s not as wild as The Love Below, but General Patton has always seemed a purist in comparison to his shoulderpads-and-shag-carpet-pants-donning partner in crime. Here, the last of my remaining preconceived notions about Big Boi have melted away. He’s light years ahead and deserves to be recognized as such. Twenty years into my career, I hope I, too, am better than I’ve ever been.

  4. gives it a: 5/5

    I think Big Boi just claimed his place as a hip-hop Godfather.

    This record will probably take some time for the general public to digest. It alternates between—and even blends—party hip-hop anthems and ethereal electronica. In finding a way to make these transitions, ‘Vicious Lies…’ begins to make you wonder why other efforts in the genre are just 14 variations of the same hook/verse/hook pattern with some speaking tracks in-between.

    Is this for everyone? Absolutely not. But, that’s what makes great music.