OutKast’s Big Boi is staying in the headlines weeks after his Coachella performances alongside Andre 3000 by signing a new deal with Epic Records. #EpicReunion
The big power move reunites Boi with renowned music executive L.A. Reid.
“I’m back with [Antonio] L.A. Reid and Sylvia Rhone. Got a brand new situation,” he tells The Huffington Post of the deal, which he signed the day after Outkast’s first Coachella date on April 12. A release date has not yet been set for Big Boi’s forthcoming solo effort, which follows 2012’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, but he said new material would likely drop this summer. (The Hollywood Reporter)
With a new album on deck, Boi stressed the value in teaming back up with the famous music exec.
Of Reid, who signed Big Boi to his LaFace Records in 1992 and then to Island Def Jam when Outkast went on hiatus in the mid-’00s, Patton says, “That’s my mentor. He understands my music. And one thing about L.A. Reid, there are no creative restraints. He trusts my ear and let’s me make the music I want to make. We love being in business together. That’s my big brother.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
The Grammy-winning rapper also shed some information on his upcoming solo album.
“The album I’m not gonna rush,” said Big Boi (born Antwan Andre Patton). “I wanted to put something out before the end of the year. It depends, because me and Dre got a lot of work to do from now until the end of October. [But] you’re definitely going to get some brand new Big Boi material. Two or three singles before the fall.” (Billboard)
Last month, OutKast treated fans to handfuls of their smash anthems at the Coachella music festival.
The rap duo headlined the first night of the music festival Friday in Indio, Calif., performing well-known hits such as “Hey Ya!,” “Ms. Jackson,” “The Way You Move,” “Elevators (Me & You),” and “So Fresh, So Clean.” The Grammy winners performed two dozen tracks – seen via its lifestream on YouTube – as they celebrated 20 years in music since the release of their 1994 debut, “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.” (AP)