A great experimental group is worth a spin, especially if Big Boi is fully submerged on the tracks– it’s gonna be live! Pitckfork recently dropped details on a phone interview with Big Boi to uncover the creative process with the psych-edgy electronic group Phantogram on their Big Grams EP. Just like a multi-creative, always in artist mode, the aTLien discovered the two-dimensional eclectic indie pop group. Big Boi stated, “I was closing out screens and then a pop-up ad came up and it had their song “Mouthful of Diamonds” on it.” Gotta love those random music ads and even the sample songs that comes with the computer (haha, don’t act like ya’ll not feeling Microsofts default sounds).
The Savannah, GA native continued saying, “[He] Shazamed it and bought it on iTunes, and ended up putting it on my BigBoi.com website as the jam of the week. I guess they caught wind of it and reached out to me. We began a conversation, and they sent me vinyl of their first record.”
Big Boi is definitely setting precedence in the evolution of hip-hop and how creating a new sound– a new instrument can be fluent across every genre. Phantogram actually collaborated on Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. He crossed paths later at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco and the rest was history in a motion. “I invited them back to Stankonia and we just started making magical music.”
Big Boi and his partner in crime Andre 3000 reunited to celebrate doing music for over 20 years since their debut album,Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, with a sold out 2014 world tour. Outkast shut down over 40 festivals and brought a special reminisce to thousands of fans across the globe.
The EP features another experimental collective that is making some heavy waves called Run the Jewels–Atlanta-based rapper/business guru Killer Mike and NY rapper/music producer El-P. There are some really great talents in the underground hip-hop arena testing the waters on futuristic sounds and staying unique. I hope this can provide some inspiration– stay true to the art. Check out Big Grams performance back in 2014 on Jimmy Kimmel Live and let us know your vibes.
The highly anticipated album is al Fine. Fans can enjoy all seven tracks on September 25, 2015 via Epic!
Big Grams EP
01-Run for Your Life
03-Fell In The Sun
04-Put It On Her
06-Born To Shine ft. Run the Jewels
07-Drum Machine ft. Skrillex
Big Boi feat. Phantogram – “CPU” live on Jimmy Kimmel
Produced by: Jeron Ward & Chris Carmouche
Album: Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors