What do we know about Big Boi’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors?  We know that it’s scheduled to be released, for real this time, on December 11th.  We know that, despite Big Boi’s efforts to recruit his longtime friend/collaborator, Andre 3000 will not appear on the album.

We don’t know for sure, but it’s most likely going to be really really good.  The tracklist has been released, and five of the fourteen tracks have already been made available for streaming.  Collaborating with Big Boi on the album is an eclectic group of musicians, which includes Sleepy Brown, Phantogram, T.I., Ludacris, Kid Cudi, Little Dragon, Killer Mike, Kelly Rowland, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B., Wavves, Mouche, Scar, and Bosko.  Modest Mouse, unfortunately, is not featured on the album.  Still waiting on that one.

Below are the songs that have already been released.  This is shaping up to be a last-minute contender for one of the year’s best albums.

“She Hates Me”

The comparison might be too easy, but with a guitar line and a solemn Kid Cudi hook, this is Big Boi’s equivalent of Kanye’s “Gorgeous.”  This is the most recently released track from the new album.

“Lines”

A stellar verse from New York’s best student of Southern rap, A$AP Rocky.  And production from Phantogram with a hook that’s bound to show up on more than a few electro remixes.  Phantogram also collaborate with Big Boi on two other unreleased songs, “Objectum Sexuality” and “CPU.”

“Gossip”

The return of ATL hip-hop to popular music.  This was a summer jam, on par with the catchiness of“Shutterbugg” yet with more street energy.

“In The A”

Reusing lines from his last album, Big Boi makes the obligatory song for the trap.  It’s called “In The A” and it features T.I. AND Ludacris.  It’s hard to get more cliché, but anthemic songs like this are always welcome from ATL’s heavyweights.

“Mama Told Me”

An new take on old-school hip-hop, a simple beat and synth line revamped with a disco feel for the electro-era.  A smooth hook with cautionary advice from Kelly Rowland’s mother (courtesy of Kelly Rowland herself).  Likely to be the album’s most straightforwardly pop-oriented track.

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