Monday, April 12, 2010

On Repeat: Big Boi - Shutterbugg

For someone who still gets a lot of mileage out of Speakerboxxx, Big Boi's half of Outkast's 2003 album (Ghetto Musick and Bowtie have managed to wriggle onto every party playlist I've made over the last 7 years), I've been desperately waiting for Big Boi's rumored solo album to see the light of day. While I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, at my count Shutterbugg is the 4th single to come off Sir Luscious Left Foot, which is a little ridiculous. First came Royal Flush well over a year ago, followed by 'Fo Yo Sorrows' and the immensely entertaining 'Shine Blockas'. If the singles weren't so awesome, I would probably be worrying that we had another Rebirth-esque situation (FREE WEEZY), wherein the artist responsible pushes back a turd of an album 5 times until he opts to go to prison to avoid going on tour in support of it.

Thankfully, Shutterbugg is an absolute monster, and is the perfect fix for someone having Speakerboxxx withdrawal. The beat Scott Storch has assembled here for Big Boi is an embarrassment of riches. Booming, chest-rattling bass, twinkling synths and a looped guttural blurp are the ideal conditions for Big Boi to do his verbal double-dutch. Everything you like about Big Boi is on full display here. You love how he spells out G-H-E-T-T-O-M-U-S-I-C-K on Speakerboxxx? He does that here. You love when he channels his inner conductor and pulls the e-brake on the song for no reason whatsoever? That's here too, followed by a hilarious Soul II Soul sample. If this isn't enough for the discerning Big Boi fan, the song finishes with the metallic soul of a vocoder, perfectly complimenting the robotic belches of the bassline. Something for everyone, that is what you can expect from someone like Big Boi, and that is exactly what 'Shutterbugg' delivers.

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