Six years on from Idlewild and five since they announced an indefinite hiatus, the prospect of Outkast's members reconvening seems more distant than ever. Whilst Andre 3000 and Big Boi's separation has proved a frustration for fans, however, there has been a crumb of comfort in the form of the latter's solo career, which took off back in 2010 with the release of Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty. A genuine hip hop tour de force, it was the sound of an artist emerging emphatically from the shadow of his more illustrious partner, and along with Speakerboxxx went a long way towards backing those who consider him the group's superior component. Such arguments could hold even more weight before the year is out, with solo sophomore Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors confirmed for a December 11 release - hopefully a fitting conclusion to the stunning year the genre's enjoyed. With guest slots from the likes of Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky and Killer Mike early signs look promising, and should it match the excellence of its predecessor there certainly won't be any dissent at his continuing lone ventures.
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