Watch Big Boi and Little Dragon Preview Funky Team-Up ‘Mama Told Me’ Live
'Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors' is due out November 13
Earlier this week, Big Boi made an unannounced appearance onstage with Swedish electro-poppers Little Dragon in Austin. The Fader has the video: OutKast’s grittier half joins top-notch collaborator Yuki Nagano and the group behind last year’s sultry Ritual Union to unveil “Mama Told Me,” a lithe, funk-inflected track from Big Boi’s November 13 album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.
Nagano sings the R&B-tinged hook, synths chirp, and Big Boi raps with characteristic deftness about, like, not breaking hearts (#tompetty). We already knew Little Dragon would be on the follow-up to 2010’s outstanding Sir Lucious Left Foot, but it’s nice to see that the results, at least in this live rendition, are promising — a bubbly, upbeat counter to the disappointingly unremarkable Pimp C resurrection of “Gossip” and freaky-in-the-club Theophilus London team-up “She Said OK.” It’s not the first time Big Boi has rapped about what his mother taught, incidentally, but here’s hoping she’s proud just the same.