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Two Saturday’s ago I was lucky enough to attend the most amazing concert I’ve ever been to: first row, front and center, one of maybe 150 people in attendance at the Studio at Webster Hall for Daddy Fat Saxxx himself: Big Boi.

I was mad close:

Me mad close to Big Boi...

To commemorate my attendance Last.FM streamed the concert live and has begun to release that footage of the concert over the past couple of days. These videos (complete with the most annoying advertisement ever before each one…) are below not just for you to enjoy the hotness that is Big Boi live (with this iced out gold grill teeth by Niv’s Bling), then at least to observe the hotness that is myself and Jimbo gettin down on the concert floor, front and center, for the cameras:

“Do Dirty” x “ATLien” x “Skew-it-On-the-Bar-B” x “Rosa Parks”

“CPU” x “Apple of My Eye”

“Ghettomusik” x “Bombs over Baghdad”

“Mama Told Me”

(more…)

Ok, so for a while there, especially after Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, there was a lot of talk about Big Boi being the superior MC in hip-hop’s best group.  Now don’t get me wrong; Mr. Fat Sacks is one of the best rappers in the game.  But Andre 3000 is one of the best of all time, as he’s shown through every single one of Outkast’s classics.  Admittedly, though, it seemed like he was focusing his talents on other forms of entertainment.  But just when it seemed like Dre’s career had gone the way of depression-era concept albumsshitty Hollywood sequels and children’s shows on the Cartoon Network, out of nowhere last summer he started showing up with guest verses on song after song.  And every single one was sick.  Please sample said flavor below (complete with where Andre’s verse is within the song):

“Walk It Out (Remix feat. Andre 3000)” – DJ Unk

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Dre’s verse goes until 1:25 of the song

“You (Remix feat. Andre 3000)” – Lloyd

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Dre’s verse goes until 1:01 of the song

“Throw Some D’s (Remix feat. Andre 3000)” - Rich Boy 

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Dre’s verse goes until 1:20 of the song

 

Continuing his return to hotness as the year went on, Outkast teamed up with UGK and put out, at least in my opinion, the best hip-hop song of 2007: “International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You).”  Amongst hip-hop legends on a brilliant track, Andre’s verse is the true highlight:

“International Players Anthem (I Choose You)” – UGK feat. Outkast

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Dre’s verse goes until 1:13 of the song

 

Fast-forward to now: Dre has announced that he’s planning on putting out a solo album this year in the wake of Big Boi’s upcoming solo release, “Sir Lucious Left Foot,” set to drop this summer.  Meanwhile, Andre’s return to hip-hop has begun to reverberate through hip-hop, as it truly seems that he’s taken his lyricism to a whole new level.  Just what he has put out in the past few months alone is enough to get excited about.  I love Nas and Wayne and Hova, and I think they’re each one of the best rappers hip-hop has ever seen.  But I don’t think that any of them is able to do what Dre can in these verses: spit it so hot that it gives you the goosebumps.

“Da Art of Storytellin Pt. 4″ – Outkast

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Dre’s verse starts at 1:27 of the song

 

“Royal Flush” – Big Boi feat. Andre 3000 & Raekwon

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Dre’s verse goes until 1:47 of the song

 

And, apparently, I’m not the only one who sees this happening:

Royal Flush: first single off Big Boi’s new album Sir Lucious Left Foot. 3 Stacks please rap more, like a lot more.

Finally, this is all good news because Idlewild really sucked ass.

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Atlanta’s fabled Fox Theatre was home to the opening of “big” last evening, a collaboration between Big Boi and the Atlanta Ballet described as a fusion between hip-hop and ballet. It seems as though Daddy Fat Sacks isn’t the only hip-hop personality to have jumped on the proverbial ballet bandwagon; several prominent vocalists have joined the production as well, most notably Sleepy Brown, the voice alongside Big Boi’s in Outkast’s hit single
The Way You Move.

I don’t know what’s weirder: that Big Boi, not Andre 3000, is the Outkast participant in this project or that (presumably) normal people, such as Lauri Stallings, head choreographer of the Atlanta ballet, see hip-hop and ballet as perfect complements to each other:

Big Boi’s contemporary style may seem inherently different from the traditional and classical sounds that normally echo through an Atlanta Ballet performance. But, Stallings said, as a choreographer it’s not a stretch to equate one of hip-hop’s biggest names with some of the most venerated composers who are usually the backdrop for traditional ballets.

“For me [Big Boi's music] sounds like Shostakovich, Stravinsky a little … just today’s Stravinsky,” Stallings said.

Since you probably won’t be able to make it down to the ATL on such short notice for the six-day run, allow CNN to provide you with a sneek peek of the show.

Considering how sparse decent rap releases have become, I have hope that 2008 will bring a little more in the way of hip hop than 2007. Here is a list of “proposed” releases for the upcoming year, taken directly from cantbeserious.com, with the ones that I am excited for (all that matters, since I’m the one who reads this blog) in bold:

1. Dr. Dre – “Detox” (Aftermath)****************2. Ghostface / MF Doom – “Swift & Changable” (Nature Sounds)****************3. Nas – “N***er” (Def Jam)*****************4. Raekwon – “Only Built For Cuban Linx 2″ (Aftermath)*******************5. Lil Wayne – “The Carter 3″ (Cash Money)6. The Roots – “Rising Down” (Def Jam)********************7. Del – “The 11th Hour” (Definitive Jux / Hieroglyphics)8. Atmosphere – “When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” (Rhymesayers)9. T.I. – “Paper Trail” (Atlantic)10. J-Live – “Then What Happened” (BBE)11. Papoose – “Papoose – The Nacirema Dream” (Columbia)12. The Game – “The D.O.C. (Diary Of Compton)” (Geffen)13. Skillz – “The Million Dollar Backpack” (Koch)14. Fat Joe – “The Elephant In The Room (Koch)15. Rhymefest – “El Che” (J Records)16. Sa-Ra Creative Partners – “Nuclear Evolution: The Age Of Love” (Ubiquity)17. 50 Cent – “Before I Self Destruct” (G-Unit)18. Lupe Fiasco – “L.U.P.End”********************19. Busta Rhymes – “Back On My Bullshit” (Aftermath)*************20. Kanye West – “A Good Ass Job” (Def Jam)****************21. Madlib + MF Doom – Madvillan 2 (Stones Throw)****************22. Mos Def – “The Ecstatic” (Downtown Recordings)***************23. Stat Quo – “Statlanta” (Shady/Aftermath)24. J. Dilla – “Jay Love Japan” – Re-Release**************25. KRS-One – “Adventures In Emceein” (Koch)*****************26. AZ – “Undeniable” (Koch)***************27. Foxy Brown – “Brooklyn’s Don Diva” (Koch)28. Kool G. Rap – “Half A Klip” (Koch)****************29. Akrobatik – “Absolute Value” (Koch)30. Ludacris – “Theatre Of The Mind” (Def Jam)**31. Timbaland – “Shock Value II” (Interscope)**32. Saigon – “The Greatest Story Never Told” (Fort Knox)*****33. Bishop Lamont – “The Reformation” (Aftermath)34. Royce Da 5′9 – “The Revival” (Babygrande)*****************35. Andre 3000 Solo LP (LaFace)*****************36. Outkast – Atliens 2 (LaFace)****************37. Snoop Dogg – “Ego Trippin’” (Geffen)38. The Cool Kids – “The Bake Sale” (Chocolate Industries)39. Cesar Comanche – “Die In Your Lap” (Hall Of Justus / ABB)40. Pete Rock – “NY’s Finest” (Nature Sounds)*************41. Lil Jon – “Crunk Rock” (TVT)42. G-Unit – “Shoot To Kill” (G-Unit)43. Missy Elliot – “The Countdown” (Atlantic)44. Edgar Allen Floe – “The Streetwise LP” (MCEO Records)45. Sean Price & Chaundon – “A Tale Of Two Seans” (Duck Down)**************46. 9th Wonder & Buckshot – “Chemistry 2″ (Duck Down)***************47. Rock of Heltah Skeltah – “Shell Shock” (Duck Down)***************48. Cee-Lo & Jack Splash “Love Stink” (Counterflow)49. Gnarls Barkley – Sophomore LP (Downtown Recordings)50. MF Doom – “Doomposter” (Rhymesayers)**************** 

 

Some comments on that list:

1. My ass Outkast releases an album together this year; we’d be lucky if we got both solo albums in 2008.2. I can’t tell whether Edgar Allen Floe is just about the dumbest or hottest name I’ve ever heard.3. I can tell that When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold is just about the funniest name for an album I’ve ever heard.4. Detox/Carter III? I’ll believe it when I see it…

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