Music Review: Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot:The Son of Chico Dusty (2010)
Review: Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot<br> Big Boi's solo debut is one of the most catchy and entertaining hip-hop albums in a long time.
I really wish there were more hip-hop groups like Outkast. So many artists are content with creating a style and just pushing a slight variation of that style through with album after album, but no Outkast album sounds alike. Big Boi’s solo debut continues that trend as he sets out to prove that there are two extremely talented and creative artists in Outkast — it’s not just “Andre 3000 and the other guy”. There are a lot of hip-hop albums I love where I’d be a little hesitant to recommend them to anyone. Sir Lucious Left Foot, on the other hand, has such a unique sound that I’d recommend it to almost anyone regardless of musical taste.
Sir Lucious Left Foot is definitely more of a “standard” rap album than something Andre 3000 would create, but this is still very unique in its own right. This is mostly fast-paced, funk/synth-inspired hip-hop with some great beats that I can’t imagine many other rappers doing justice.
And as for Big Boi’s actual rapping ability on this album? Let me put it this way: if there’s a hip-hop release this year with rapping better than Big Boi’s here, I haven’t heard it. He absolutely rips some tracks apart (such as “Daddy Fat Sax” or “Fo Yo Sorrows“). He plays to every beat with near perfection and it makes the whole ride really enjoyable.
He’s not just spouting nonsense either. When it comes to the lyrics of this album, Big Boi didn’t fall into the typical “rap veteran” cliche of complaining about how terrible things have gotten in hip-hop or how much record labels suck. Most of the time it just feels like he’s having fun and that fun really rubs off on the listener. If you actually listen to what he’s saying on songs like “Fo Yo Sorrows”, it makes the album that much more enjoyable.
The hooks are great too; Big Boi has quite a few guests appear on the album ranging from big names like Gucci Mane and B.o.B to near-unknowns such as Vonnegutt. These appearances make the hooks some of the catchiest I’ve ever heard on a hip-hop album.
On just about all Outkast albums I’m not overly impressed on first listen but then something clicks after the 2nd or 3rd time through. Sir Lucious Left Foot is no exception to that rule; it really seems to get better every time I listen to it. This is an album that is smart, unique, and (most importantly) fun to listen to. I can’t ask for much more from a hip-hop album.