OutKast's Big Boi to collaborate with Mumford & Sons?
'They know I want to work with them and they are open to it,' says rapper
In an interview with US radio show CBS Local, the rapper said that he had wanted to work with the band on a track for his forthcoming new album 'Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumours' and, although the planned project hadn't come about in time, he was still hopeful they would hook up in the future.
I was actually going to do something with Mumford And Sons. I ran into them at Glastonbury. Still something will probably be in the works. They know I want to work with them and they are open to it.
Speaking about his admiration for the band, meanwhile, he added: "What really turned me on to Mumford And Sons - that's why I like the Grammys - is the live performances. When I saw them perform with the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan, it blew me away. Killed it. I was looking for some banjo on this album after that.
"Their music is filled with feeling," he went on to say. "Not just reciting words over a beat. They really feel it. The melodies, the riffs, they put songs together [with] song structure. These days it's four rappers on every song, rap-hook-rap-hook-rap-hook, thank you. It's no build-up, no climax, just run-on sentences. People want to feel something, you have to be real personal [and] honest in your music and people will know where you're coming from."
Big Boi will release 'Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumours', which is the follow-up to his solo debut, 2010's 'Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty', on December 11. He has teamed up with a host of guest artists on the album including Kid Cudi and Little Dragon in addition to A$AP Rocky and Kelly Rowland, who both featured on his recent singles. Other artists on the 14-track record include TI and Ludacris.
Earlier this week (December 6), meanwhile, Mumford And Sons revealed that they have already begun working on new songs despite only releasing their second album, 'Babel', in September of this year. Banjo player Winston Marshall told NME: "Will we wait years for the next album? Fuck, no. You heard it here first. We've just started working on new songs, got a rehearsal studio. They're bones of songs, but really exciting bones. Sturdy bones."
Mumford and Sons are currently on the second leg of their 'Tour Of Two Halves' across the UK and Ireland. The jaunt began with a series of intimate theatre gigs in late November, before the band moved onto larger arena shows earlier this month. The tour concludes with a sold-out date at London's O2 Arena on December 18.
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