20 of the Best Lyrics From Big Boi’s ‘Boomiverse’ Album
For the better part of the past 25 years, Big Boi has shown time and time again why he is one of the best lyricists to impact the rap game, let alone the South, where he is in rarefied air when it comes to MCs with legendary status. Despite never being regarded as a sidekick or weak link, Big Boi's musical partnership with a talent as brilliant as Andre 3000 would cause some to underrate his own excellence, but for those who happened to have made that mistake, time has shown that Daddy Fat Sax is by no means a wing man and is capable of running the show in his own right, as he's done over the past decade.
With solo albums to his credit and a genre-blending collaborative project added to his resume, in addition to his work as a member of OutKast, Big Boi is quietly among a rare class of rappers whose career has spanned decades without fading into obscurity, making him a bona fide legend and a rap lifer with plenty left in the tank. Now he's writing the latest chapter of his legacy with his new album, Boomiverse.
The LP is his first solo release since 2012's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors and one that finds him entering new chambers and expanding his sound. Disproving the notion that an old dog can't learn new tricks with tracks like "Mic Jack," "All Night" and "Chocolate," all of which find Big Boi straying out of his comfort zone, he is most at home when delivering pure bars. He makes sure to do this throughout Boomiverse, making it clear that his chief concern is being a lyricist first.
To celebrate the project's arrival, XXL highlights 20 of the best lyrics that Big Boi and his cast of costars dropped on Boomiverse. How many of your favorites make the cut?
"It's nothing, like riding a Huffy/Or my little brother James out there slanging them puppies/Slanging superstar dick 'til she say that she love me/Rap's Underground Railroad, but nothing's above me/Shit's lovely, we stay blooming like a Spring Break/Flower child, Cadillac look like a cheese plate/Crack a smile like a gator with his mouth closed/Our crocodile's from the Nile, yeah, we copped those" - Big Boi
"Polo to the floor though, you already know though/It's Adamsville for real, you see it, ho, just take a photo/I'm repping that Zone Four though with a .44 on your bro though/’Cause that dodo thought that he could rob a player for some dough though" - Killer Mike
"I hear ’em talking hella reckless, I won't even stress it/Just kill 'em softly with my presence, won't even address it/They say it's lonely at the top, but this the best shit ever/Hey, don't you see me out here shinin'? Bitch I'm barely flexin'" - Jeezy
"Usually I don't do this, dumb it down, go stupid/Since 17 been countin' M's, my bank account's on Goofy/They say Cosby gave ’em roofies, now who know what the truth is/Chicago's full of shooters, my garage is full of hoopties/Got that Southern drawl and all that/My pre-rolls look like ball bats" - Big Boi
"You wanna see me locked 24 just like cop do/You hate from the sideline, that's what yo' job too/Gang mentality, I think like the mob do/Police brutality, I'm strapped like a cop, fool/My dope boy do numbers just like my shows do/My main bitch rolling for me just like my hoes do" - Gucci Mane
"I-G B-O-I, why?/Effortlessly fly, I/Tend to overthink when I ink these bars but y'all niggas don't even try/Ball till you fall or your homies die/Pour out a little liquor, let one in the sky/Don't cry, let the doves do that when the guns go 'Brrrp'/Now that's what we call the pop life, true that" - Big Boi
"They trying to get that Gold/Portfolios diverse, this type of paper just don't fold/Or get throwed in the booty club flexing/With hootie hoo them hoes and have them glued to the section/Ain't nothing new, that's just us oozing perfection/Been stacking up, clipping this paper like Mary Lou Retton/While niggas be stressing"
"I took advantage of my shot and now it's raining/Bucket just like Mo Williams, fuck your cancer vaccinations/Plantation mentality making a laughable salary/That'll never be me but that's you in actual reality, uh/I'm King Cole like Natalie and her daddy be/My thing swole, pole dancers, shit, they be adding me"
"They ain't worthy sometimes I think they don't deserve me/Big Cold is the ice in your night cap/Get you with your bonnet on by the night lamp/We don't discriminate, we just want you to participate/It takes two to tango, now where the day go?/Just say that same old, same old, old same shit" - Big Boi
"I got a whole team of angels guarding me from all the danger/And keep that 357 up under my seat for all the haters/Clap them, one of the last rap niggas snapping/Niggas playing sleep, I'm St. Nick wit the package/Blessed with the gift and only 3 Stacks can match me/Light years ahead of you niggas, another galaxy " - Big Boi
"First thing she saying when I fell through/Little bit of talk, but I walks with a clear view/Dynamic, organic/Iceberg Slim sellin trim on a Titanic/Underwater wit it, let me show you how to do it to the fullest/I'm the hardest, I'm the realest, I'm the dopest/I'm the coldest while I'm doing what I'm doing, check it out/And I ain't gotta have a muthafucking record out" - Snoop Dog
"If I ever have a question about how it's ’sposed to be/I can't ask nobody that ’cause who know more than me/Really, who seen more than me, really who made more than me/I'm just overthinking now/They know who I am and they all got love for me/Got the gangster for forever, just got out my energy " - Eric Bellinger
"And I'm overdosing/Train off the track, slow commotion/My way expands the ocean/Peace, be still, ain't no commotion/Hocus pocus, watch dem jokers/Keep my focus til the locust swarm/No harm done to him/Calm in the middle of the storm/I'm in the eye, also of people/Love the game, but don't stay neutral" - Big Boi
"Cut the grass, kill the snakes/Fuck the past, fulfill your fate/’Cause hate don't make the day go great/The folk the fake gon think what they gon' think/Just float yo' brain as yo' think-tank/Attack like shark, don't take the bait" - Big Boi
"Now my dealers keep that chrome/And my pimp niggas keep them hoes/I'm gon' keep on pushin' this pen/I don't write on no iPhone/Alright, alright, I'm old-fashioned/But my style cannot be cloned/Timeless classics on you bastards/Jedi rap shit all day long" - Made Man
"I play the block in a foolish coupe/Ooh, tell ’em, fella; ooh, tell ’em, fella/Them pussy niggas are hella jealous/They hella yellow, they hella yellow/They talkin' tough but they Mellow Yellow/You catch 'em slippin', what's happenin', fella?/Watch they ass go Helen Keller/Can't hear, can't see, can't tell a fella" - Killer Mike
"If you lookin' for the real, you know exactly who to come and get/Watch how you approach me homie, miss me with that sucker shit/Hangin' out the window like I'm Malcolm with the yopper/If I said it then I meant it, ain't apologizing partner" - Renegade El Rey
"Mannie Fresh on the beat, he put that wobble on it/He blessed the nigga the B-I-G, now watch me gobble, homie/I put the bottle down, hit the throttle, got 'em now/Sodom and Gomorrah deplorables all around my style/I'm like the bandage on mummy, I got that wrap-around/Circles on you Urkel-ass niggas who tryin' to snatch the sound" - Big Boi
"Follow me into a land where Impalas squat/Young niggas with hammers and daily body drop/OGs survive, you still alive, a lot of niggas not/Smoking for my dead homies while I ride around" - Curren$y
"Got this Monte Carlo that my older homie sold me/Had it for some years, now to me it's like a trophy/My windows up, I got my main thing rollin'/I trust her so I know she gon' do it just how I showed her/I'm only high when I'm really in the act of smoking/Homie, I'm back to square one" - Curren$y