OutKast’s Big Boi has the Internet buzzing early in the week with the release of a Sade-assisted version of 2012’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors record, “CPU 2.0.”
According to reports, the revamped track is the second in a nine-week viral series.
Ahead of OutKast’s big reunion tour and a promised solo album, Big Boi is releasing new versions of tracks from his 2012 LP, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Dropping once a week, the reworked jams will each be accompanied by festival-friendly animated “visualizations.” Check out today’s track, a smoothed-out version of the internet-weary “CPU 2.0? that leans on the funky bass from Sade’s “Nothing Can Come Between Us.” Following last week’s Organized Noize‘s “Thom Yarbrough” remix, it’s the second installment of the nine-week series. (The FADER)
Although Boi stayed slim with the details, he recently promised fans could expect a solo offering from him in the near future.
“It’s all about the 20 year anniversary of Southernplayalistic,” Boi said in an interview. “It’s a long time to still be doing music at a high caliber and having fun doing it. [Me and Killer Mike touring?] Anything can happen. We’ve got a couple new jams we recorded in the studio recently, so look out for that new Big Boi solo record coming too. So, you know, we’re just staying working, man.” (REVOLT TV)
Recently, longtime OutKast producer Mr. DJ claimed individual material had started to pile up.
The best way to figure that out would be to monitor the activity going on in Stankonia Studios, the band’s longtime workspace in Atlanta. Both Dre and Big Boi have been recording there as of late, sparking speculation around a new Outkast album. In reality, they’ve been laying tracks down for respective solo projects, according to Mr. DJ, the group’s longtime producer. He’s not certain, but–brace yourself–he believes 3000 will drop his long-awaited solo album this year. (Revolt TV)
Mr. DJ also predicted a group project could follow their solo releases and a handful of concerts.
Big Boi, meanwhile, also has a fair amount of material recorded for his own solo project, and Mr. DJ was in Stankonia with him just last week laying tracks down for it. The bigger plan at hand, it seems, is for both MCs to go on their 40-date festival run, drop solo projects, and then get back in the studio for a group project. Going on tour, Mr. DJ says, should help rekindle their creative relationship. (Revolt TV)
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Check out Big Boi’s “CPU 2.0″ visual: