Apparently this is the week for announcing exciting joint efforts. Days after Beanie Sigel and Scarface revealed they are working on a duo album, Killer Mike spoke on recording an album with Big Boi. These two linking up for an entire project is less surprising than Beans and Face, as they’ve long been associated as members of Atlanta collective the Dungeon Family, and, thankfully, patched up a beef last year. Nonetheless, it’s exciting news, especially for fans of Southern rap; the two had hinted at recording a project before, but this is the fullest confirmation we’ve had.
In an interview with HipHopWired, Mike was open as to the album’s potential sound, saying, “I’m looking forward to going back and forth with Big a whole record. Like people always like the collaborations we did. And I’m not talking about the ‘Whole World’ stuff you know, the ‘A.D.I.D.A.S.’ I’m talking about ‘Bust’. You know what I mean? Snapping and trapping. When it’s just me and him, just two pitbulls going at a bone.”
He’s referring to a track off Big Boi’s biggest (essentially) solo record, Speakerboxxx. That track is indeed, to say the least, rather in your face, and a full length revolving around similar ideas would surely be an attention grabber, as well as perhaps bringing Big Boi closer to the trap sound that has kept Atlanta hip hop alive in recent years, rather than the more forward-thinking “OutKast” sound of Sir Lucious Left Foot. Beyond that, Big Boi works well in good company, and with André 3000 still seeming to hide from group work (or simply prefers working with Kesha…), Mike is a solid stand in for Big to bounce off of. Little else is available regarding the project as of now, stay tuned for more as its revealed.
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