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for the better part of 18 years - either as a group or solo members - outkast have served as the standard bearers for hip hop's post p-funk era of psychedelic, southern hip hop. there's a consistent evolution in their approach whether organized noize, stankonia disciples, the flush, or andre 3000 himself handled the production. for all the talk of spaceships and comets, big boi's 'vicious lies and dangerous rumors' marks the most drastic sonic departure from that traditional blueprint. this time around he opts for riskier territory by enlisting the likes of little dragon and phantogram on a sizeable chunk of 'vicious lies...' these often play as true collaborations not just e-mailed verses and hooks. 'mama told me' is the only radio offering, with little dragon's yukimi nagano being subbed out for the more top 40 friendly kelly rowland. but the prince-inspired production ensures that it's not an overt crossover attempt. other guests include jai paul, ti, ludacris, wavves, theophilus london and more.
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