“Yukimi from Little Dragon hunts for a Rick James costume, then rehearses before the big night. At Stankonia, Big Boi and King James officiate over a “costume party”.”
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The four musicians who make up Little Dragon have been making music together since childhood, and plan to continue on this journey together for as long as they can. Right in line with the Levi’s “Go Forth” mantra, Little Dragon is constantly pushing the boundaries of sound and their own abilities.
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.