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Big Boi discusses OutKast reunion, solo material, working with Phantogram and Modest Mouse

on April 19, 2014, 4:02pm

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Prior to taking the stage at Coachella for OutKast’s much-improved second headlining spot, Big Boi chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about what else he has in store for 2014.

The rapper’s most immediate plans revolve around working on his follow-up to 2012′s Vicious Lies and Dangerous RumorsHe’ll be putting in work on the solo record while on the road with André 3000, with an aim to release it by year’s end. “I’m shooting for this year,” he told THR. “You’ll definitely get a couple of songs before the end of the year. Whether the project is done or not just depends on how wild this road gets.”

The album promises a smattering of guests spots, though Big Boi remained mum about who might appear. He did, however, mention that he’s currently digging Majical Cloudz and uses Shazam and Soundhound to discover new music in public spaces. “[I’m looking for] just a sonically different sound than what’s out there,” he explained. “I don’t go for the artists that everybody’s using or get somebody just for the name.”

He’s also got a collaborative record with “Lines” partners  Phantogram in the works. They’ve apparently tracked enough material for an EP called Big Grams, though it could expand into a full album. “We’ve got songs which were already recorded when we were working on my last record,” he said. “They come down to Stankonia and we camp out for like a week and trade vibes. They go back to New York, then they come back down and we just keep the process going.”

Daddy Fat Sax also talked about his long-gestating project with Modest Mouse. The band first joined the rapper in his Stankonia studios back in 2011 to record three songs, but the music has yet to be released.“I’ve been asking [lead singer] Isaac Brock] when they gonna do it, man,” Big Boi told the Reporter. “We’ve got these songs they’ve been sitting on forever. I saw him a couple months ago and they’re working on some additions to what we did. I don’t know. It’s a crazy camp over there. It’s coming. Talk to him! He’s the boss.”

Once all the new music is finally released (he has previously mentioned a joint album with Killer Mike, as well), Big Boi has his eyes set on acting. “Once the ink’s on paper then I’ll let people know what’s happening,” he said regarding his move to film and TV work. “I’ve been turning down roles for a while now because music is my first passion, but there’s been a lot of calls for me to do film.” He added that he’d love to tackle the role of Bill Clinton. “I’d play the shit outta that,” he said.

As for the OutKast reunion, he compared the duo’s first show to jumping “into the deep end of the pool like, ‘Let’s do it!’” and called the Coachella gig “fun.” He noted that they’d have to “crank it back up again” for weekend two, and by all accounts, they certainly did.

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