Big Boi signs record deal with Epic Records for his next solo album

Atlanta talks of career plans after this year's Outkast reunion shows

Big Boi has signed a new record deal with Epic Records for his next solo album.

The Atlanta rapper is busy for most of this year with Outkast reunion shows, but has announced he’s planning his next solo album, the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumours’.

“I’m back with [Antonio] LA Reid and Sylvia Rhone,” he told the Huffington Post. “Got a brand new situation.”

He signed the new contract on April 12, the day after Outkast’s first Coachella date on April 11. At present there’s no news on Big Boi’s next solo record, but he said some new material would likely be heard this summer. “The album I’m not gonna rush,” he added. “I wanted to put something out before the end of the year. It depends, because me and Dre got a lot of work to do from now until the end of October. But you’re definitely going to get some brand new Big Boi material. Two or three singles before the fall.”

He went on to praise LA Reid, who signed Big Boi to his LaFace Records in 1992 and then to Island Def Jam when Outkast went on hiatus in the mid-00s. “That’s my mentor,” he said. “He understands my music. And one thing about LA Reid, there are no creative restraints. He trusts my ear and lets me make the music I want to make. We love being in business together. That’s my big brother.”

This news follows Big Boi’s new deal with Jordan Feldstein’s Career Artist Management, announced in March. “Jordan is a go-getter, mover and shaker, and my kind of guy,” Big Boi said in a statement. “I love his energy. We have a lot of new material and content coming this year, and can’t wait to get things started.”

Outkast announced earlier this year they were reuniting for a run of 40 festivals this summer “to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their unique and influential sound.” Their former manager Queen Latifah also said she knew the duo – Big Boi and Andre 3000 – were working on new material.