Big Boi – “Boomiverse” review

Almost 5 years after his last album Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors, OutKast member Big Boi is finally returning with his 3rd full-length album (4th if you count Speakerboxxx). The album opens up with “Da Next Day”, where he’s talking about how “it’s time to stir the pot” over a futuristic sounding yet symphonic beat from Organized Noize. The next track “Kill Jill” with Killer Mike sees Mike hitting on a woman as well as Big Boi talking about his comeback over decent trap beat with a cool vocal sample & the Jeezy hook enhances the energy of the track. Also, I find Big Boi’s flow on here to be WAY better than Mike’s. The song “Mic Jack” is a club track with an old school electrofunk beat from DJ Khalil, but the Adam Levine hook is so-so. The track “In the South” talks about Southern ghetto life & while I do appreciate the Pimp C hook, I was a bit disappointed to hear that Gucci Mane reused the opening verse from “Lil Dudes” off his The Return of Mr. Perfect mixtape for the opening verse for this. The song “Order of Operations” talks about “grinding & stacking” over a spacey beat from Scott Storch. Honestly, it makes me really happy to hear that Scott still has it in him. The track “All Night” talks about kicking it with some chick over some old-timey sounding piano keys & the acoustic guitar strings during the last minute are nice too, but I thought the execution of the hook was just atrocious. The song “Get Wit It” has a beat that I can imagine hearing E-40 rapping over & I actually think the guest verse from Snoop Dogg was harder than Big Boi’s verse. The track “Overthunk” talks about overthinking over a beat sounds somewhat Atari-ish & the Eric Bellinger hook isn’t too bad either. The song “Chocolate” is a club banger with a hip house beat & it actually comes off as pretty infectious. The song “Made Men” with Killer Mike & Kurupt talks about how their styles can’t be cloned as well as how you need to save yourself instead of your homies over a beat that sounds inspired by a retro game, but the uncredited 2nd verse from recording engineer Renegade El Rey was just meh. The penultimate track “Freakanomics” redundantly talks about sex, but the only good thing about the beat is the saxophone that pops in both at the beginning & at the end. The album then finishes with “Follow Deez”, where Big Boi gets with Curren$y & Killer Mike to deliver some hard southern G shit over a menacing beat from Mannie Fresh. Even though I wouldn’t say this isn’t any better or worse than previous album, it’s still a solid effort & worth checking out in my opinion. Some the song topics could’ve been better on a few tracks & I personally would’ve trimmed a couple features, but Big Boi’s underappreciated skills are certainly still there & the production SLAPS!

Score: 3.5/5

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