OutKast’s Outcast – Why Won’t Y’all Let Big Boi Be Great?
In the past, I’ve been pretty vocal about my feelings towards Andre 3000 and all the Stannery he’s received. Dude has been super-ill since Southernplayalistic…, and while I would’ve entertained a Top 5 debate back when he was an active rapper, it’s hard for me to take such claims seriously since he now only puts out about two verses a year.
Rap’s Top 5 debate is like the lotto, you gotta be in it to win it. And that brings me to something that has been on my mind for a few years now; what about 3 Stacks’ OutKast partner, Big Boi?
Is he a Top 5 lyricist?
No, but Sir Luscious Left Foot has certainly put in enough work to get his name mentioned a bit more. I mean, at what point did hip-hop decide that Andre 3000 would take the OutKast lyrical crown? Because to me they started out neck and neck [Insert required denouncement of any homosexual activity here]. I’d say it was when Andre Benjamin started dressing all kinds of crazy with the Aquemini album that he became the group’s standout.
That being said, yes, at some point over the course of OutKast’s six-album career, Dre surpassed Big Boi as an MC. My argument, though, is that he hasn’t surpassed him by THAT much to the point where Daddy Fat Sacks [Insert an affirmation of my heterosexuality here] doesn’t even get a mention.
Regardless of who’s better, Big Boi is still superior to about 90-percent of rappers out and shouldn’t that count for something? Take his latest single “Shutterbug” for instance; dude goes in. There are references to Gomer Pyle, Sgt. Slaughter and that “ese” line was clever. Big Boi is an MC that clearly cares about lyrics, because he could’ve just gotten by on the beat and hook alone. Still “Shutterbug” is a pretty dope song and he went the extra mile as any self-respecting MC should. So why doesn’t Big Boi get more respect? —Rob Markman a.k.a The Deputy!