Stankonia deep cut "Red Velvet" holds one of those telling lines that goes a long way toward explaining the modus operandi of Big Boi: "Ball if you want to, but do it with some class, G." The man who's been misleadingly depicted as the less outlandish half of OutKast only looks that way next to a once-in-a-decade visionary like Andre 3000. In his own context, and in the world of veteran-status big-name hip hop, he's ruthlessly creative and beholden to nobody's terms but his own. 2010's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty became notorious not only as a repeatedly delayed casualty of an industry that had no idea what to do with his avant-club-rap vision, but as one of those rare records to survive that contemporary major-label gauntlet to emerge as a bona fide classic. The upcoming Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors promises to be even more wide-ranging: The ATL icon has tuned his ears to indie-friendly collaborators like Little Dragon and Phantogram's Sarah Barthel, while still keeping Dirty South mainstays like Big K.R.I.T. and UGK in the collaborative mix. Expect at least a few verses from the long string of LPs that made OutKast immortal. 18+.
Fri., Nov. 9, 9 p.m., 2012
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