After A Def Jam Stint, Big Boi Takes His Solo Deal To L.A. Reid’s Epic Records
Part of OutKast’s woes have long said to be legal. In the wake of Arista Records’ dissolving, the duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi were designated to Jive Records, where they released Idlewild back in 2006. Reportedly, since the days at Jive, a label which had largely had stripped itself of the ’90s Hip-Hop mega-roster (Too Short, KRS-One, Spice 1, A Tribe Called Quest, etc.), paperwork and label frustrations, along with personal and creative interests, held ‘Kast back from the booth, and even barred some appearances on each other’s solo works.
During that time, Big Boi found a home at Def Jam Records. Daddy Fat Sax released two albums in his years at “the house Rush and Rick built,” including the acclaimed 2011 LP, Sir Lucious Left Foot. However, as OutKast has reportedly found a new home at Epic Records in ’11, led by LaFace Records cofounder, and OutKast mentor Antonio “L.A.” Reid, so has Big Boi.
Big Boi announced the reunion to The Huffington Post, “I just signed a deal with Epic Records. So I’m back with L.A. Reid and Sylvia Rhone. Got a brand new situation. I signed the deal the day after the first Coachella date, that Saturday. 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.”
With some Heads feeling a bit short-changed after 2012’s year-closer Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, how do you feel about Big Boi’s mainstream potential at Epic?
Think Purple Ribbon can get a home at Epic too?