With his third solo album Boomiverse, Big Boi of Outkast sounds as comfortable as ever flying solo.
With almost 25 years of experience under his belt, Big Boi knows how to put together a complete album with diverse sounds and ideas. At this point, he could probably make music in his sleep, fortunately, he’s still very awake and willing to take risks. Which Boomiverse is full of.
Big has undoubtedly been to all kinds of parties and studios in his lifetime, which explains the direction on techno-disco-inspired tracks like the lead single “Mic Jack” and “Chocolate” where he actually raps about glowsticks. Another bold move comes with the Cirkut and Dr. Luke-produced “All Night” featuring LunchMoney Lewis where Big make a party song that sounds ready for a beer commercial.
However, Big Boi does ground himself with tracks like “In The South” and what may be the album’s best cut, “Get Wit It” featuring Snoop Dogg. As expected, Big also gives us plenty of raw rap with songs like “Kill Jill,” “Made Man,” and “Follow Deez,” all which feature Killer Mike and may have come from the sessions where they were working on their supposed joint album.
Checking at a brief 12 songs, Big manages to take listeners to all corners of his sonic universe. Does it outdo his previous solo efforts? That’s up for debate. But the album stands as more evidence that Big Boi remains one of the more innovative artists in the game after damn near 30 years of being in the spotlight.