Big Boi’s “Mama Told Me” features Kelly Rowland on vocals

Update: “It is true that Little Dragon made the “Mama Told Me” track with Big Boi and even performed it live in Austin for The FADER. The whole collaboration was an amazing creative experience. Unfortunately, business terms out of our control got in the way, and an agreement couldn’t be reached in time for our version of the track to be released. At least new friendships were made, and we want to wish Big Boi good luck with the album. We look forward to collaborating with him in the future.” – Little Dragon publicist.

Big Boi has finally released the studio recording for “Mama Told Me” which features Kelly Rowland on vocal duty. News of its pending release featured on Big Boi’s official website with “Little Dragon” used as a tag beneath the post, so I believe we can assume Little Dragon feature somewhere in the writing and/or producing credits. The Fader had this to say:

“Kelly Rowland grooves with Big Boi on “Mama Told Me,” the first official single from Big Boi’s upcoming album, debuted by Funkmaster Flex last night on New York’s Hot 97. Rowland replaces Little Dragon frontwoman Yukimi Nagano, who sang the hook on an earlier version of the track. Asked about the switch, Big Boi hints that Nagano will still be a part of Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, due out November 13.”

Here is Little Dragon and Big Boi’s live performance of the track during the summer. Hard not to prefer Yukimi’s beautiful vocal style, but the decision is made and the finished product should still be appreciated by radio listeners. A cynic would say this is record company intrusion, but at least we have this video to return to.

Little Dragon aiming to find new home

Little Dragon are in talks with music labels as they plan to record their fourth album. Since the release of their last offering Ritual Union, they have parted ways with Peace Frog. Along the way they have collaborated with the likes of DJ Shadow, Gorillaz and more recently Big Boi from Outcast.

Yukimi Nagano has told 6 Music News they are relieved to be free agents at this point and going forward she explained: “We are definitely set in our minds that we are not going to compromise anything now.

“If we get to a position where we actually can afford to pay creative people for their work, not ask people to do things for free, that’s where you think to yourself, ‘Well, now let’s do something really creative where we can do it in the right way’. We’re in a beautiful position where we can have a bit of a choice and talk to people.”

This summer they are set to play shows around the world at Sonar in Brazil, Lovebox in London and the band will also be supporting the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in America.

Listen to more of the interview with Yukimi Nagano and drummer Erik Bodin speaking to 6 Music’s Adrian Larkin by clicking here.