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Big Boi – “General Patton” | July 5, 2010

Fans of Outkast have been waiting seven years for a worthy follow-up to Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. After the lack-luster and half-assed soundtrack to the Idlewild movie in 2006, it’s not a surprise that people were disappointed. Since then, news from the Outkast camp has been few and far between. Unfortunately, there is no sign of another Outkast album in the near future, and the wait continues.

Fortunately, Big Boi is only hours from releasing his first proper solo album, and it’s filled with quite a bit of the magic that made Outkast one of the most visionary hip-hop groups of the late 90s and early 2000s. Hip-hop fans should be able to find plenty to love about Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, an hour-long roller-coaster ride of an album. It will likely be one of the most acclaimed rap albums of 2010, and for good reason. Some of these songs are impossible to pull yourself away from, like the bright funk of “Daddy Fat Sax” or the killer lead-single, “Shutterbug.” 

One such highlights is “General Patton,” a jaw-droppingly huge track that brings back the same feeling that I had the first time I heard Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks.” With a stadium-filling choir courtesy of a Georg Solti sample, colossal drums and propulsive horns, “General Patton” is evidence that hip-hop and classical orchestral fanfare can actually make one another sound even more epic. If you’re going to blow out your car’s speakers while driving through the city at night this summer, you might as well be listening to “General Patton” while you’re doing it.

Listen: Big Boi – “General Patton (Ft. Big Rube)”


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    About Me: Chris Robinson

    A budding writer and avid music fan from Los Angeles, California, I am a recent graduate of Music History from UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music. I've written for the UCLA Daily Bruin, graduated valedictorian from high school, and enjoy many different types of music, from The Beatles to Beethoven, and everything in between. I wrote my senior thesis on lyrical misinterpretations in popular music, focusing on Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

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