Big Boi – Higher Res (ft. Jai Paul and Little Dragon)
Big Boi has spent the last few years of his career trying to separate himself from the glorious, infallible group that Outkast was. Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty did exactly that. He created an amazing album that was nothing like the things he created in the past. He proved to the world that he is one of the most dexterous, technically talented figure in hip-hop. His second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors tries to expand this reputation as he collaborates with indie artists such as Phantogram, Little Dragon and even the very quiet Jai Paul. Some of these collaborations work… and some don’t. Big Boi may be trying to mix genres a little too much. The trick is to make it feel natural, but unfortunately it sometimes comes off as a little forced. Luckily, on tracks like “Higher Res,” Big Boi fuses Jai Paul’s signature effected voice with Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano feathery vocals to create a kind of futuristic R&B banger. It is a great track and probably the best on the album.