Big Boi Speaks On Music Piracy

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Check out Big Boi’s latest interview with Mashable where he speaks on Music Piracy.


To hear Big Boi tell it, music these days is a beautiful thing — but it’s also a transaction.

At the core of our talk, in advance of the release of his second solo album,Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, is the idea that first and foremost Big Boi loves music. But he also treats it like a business. At this point in his career, he doesn’t need to make albums if people aren’t buying them. Just don’t come complaining to him when there’s no more good music.

“If you don’t buy records, then you’re gonna be stuck with bullshit records, ’cause I ain’t gonna keep giving you goddamn free-ass music,” he says about piracy concerns.

It sounds like tough love, but you can tell he’s (mostly) messing with you. Once he lists off all the different artists he’s into, spanning decades and genres, you know that “bullshit records” mostly refers to records that aren’t his. While he’s clearly done some thinking about the issue, Big Boi isn’t sweating it. “Some things you just can’t control. The economy is fucked up, and some people don’t have $9.99 or $13.99 to get a record. But hopefully they’ll do the right thing.”

Of course, while piracy has meant controversy for the music industry, there’s also the other side: We live in an era of unrivaled access to basically any music one could ever want.

For the new record, that means Big Boi (real name: Antwan André Patton) worked with some unlikely guests, a trend you can expect to continue.

It’s no surprise that fellow Atlanta artists Ludacris and T.I. show up on “In The A,” but the album also features indie bands like Little Dragon, Phantogram and Wavves — a reflection of the web’s connecting influence on broader groups of people. With Phantogram, for example, the musical relationship was born through social media.

“I actually got introduced to their music through a pop-up video ad, like, you know when you’re closing the screens out on the computer?” he says. “The ad pops up and it was a Phantogram song, ‘Mouthful of Diamonds.’ I actually Shazam’d it. On my website I made it my jam of the week, and then Sarah [Barthel] from Phantogram contacted me on Twitter. This is the beauty of social networking.”

Check out the full interview here.

 to purchase Big Boi’s “Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors” Available now on iTunes!