Big Boi Hosts Southern Reunion With UGK and Big K.R.I.T. on 'Gossip'

Big Boi Hosts Southern Reunion With UGK and Big K.R.I.T. on 'Gossip'
Marc Hogan

"No introductions needed," Big Boi begins on the latest track to surface from the OutKast-half-not-just-doing-commercials-and-Hendrix-biopics' upcoming Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (currently set for November 13 on Def Jam), but it's hard to get past the impressive artist lineup on no-nonsense posse cut "Gossip." Particularly considering the track, which premiered on Atlanta radio DJ Greg Street's show last night, contains verses from both halves of Texas gangsta-rap heavyweights UGK, including Pimp C, who died four-and-a-half years ago. Throw in Big K.R.I.T., the Mississippi up-and-comer who rocked Conan's TV show just a night earlier, and you have a generation-spanning array of Southern hip-hop greatness.

The track itself, ostensibly a tirade against haters who talk too much, is hard-charging and lyrically deft, with old-school production relying on chopped-up guitars and banging drum machines. All in all, a fine change-up after stripper-friendly "She Said OK," which Street also spun last night. Boi is as nimble as ever, rhyming about Coca-Cola and cockatoos, while the laid-back Big K.R.I.T. ("I had you trippin' like you smokin' furl"), sneering Bun B ("Ain't nobody body trippin' 'cause the money already made"), and booming Pimp C (whose posthumous verse trips up on a dated "no homo" aside that gives away its inevitable age). Still, as hard as it is to judge by tagged-up radio rips, the track isn't as instantly thrilling as its roster — nor as the untouchable procession of singles that led to Sir Lucious Left Foot./p>

Stream it below while it lasts, or hear it over at 2DopeBoyz.

Also, old-school hip-hop heads might cringe, but does anyone else remember when Lil Wayne debuted his own song called "Gossip" at a BET Awards show — and he used the opportunity to declare rumors of hip-hop's death exaggerated? Whatever the Young Money boss's more recent artistic failings, that moment showed a world-seizing ambition that other rappers would still do well to emulate for themselves.

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