Watch the behind-the-scenes feature of Big Boi and Little Dragon’s uncapped Austin performance.
This is quite a short effort to begin with, with an obvious and complete absence of Big Boi. This will be amended soon, but I thought I’d get the ball rolling with Yukimi’s hook. What do you think? Anyone want to contribute?
[Edit: Big shout out to Ryan for corrections and additions.]
As the world shakes un-harmed
Twan calm in the middle of the storm
Flow tsunami ring the alarm
Big Boi for dummies, come and get some
Um, Wisdom like your back teeth
Or get the fuck on like some bad chi
Negative energy not tolerate
You’re all about a dollar
And I’m exonerated
Free Falling, Thom Pettie Heart-Breaker
Living Legend, Rap Scholar, Art Major
‘Cause I make major art
Like Beethoven, Van Gogh, or Mozart
So don’t start
Around these parts we reign supreme
And stop Krispy Kreame clean
Blue Jeans, Jordan’s number 3’s
Be careful how you play your cards
Be true to self and you’ll go far
Try not to break too many hearts
I always knew I’ll be a star
Mama used to say take your time
Well, I’m a pick pocket when I design rhymes
Every little step I take like Bob Brown is so profound
That when I throw these nouns
We gon’ get low low down until we get back up
Boy everything gravy, taters mashed up
You know I keep a full plate
And a full thang of hot ones, throw away 38’s
But everything’s straight bleed
Shit, I got everything I can’t need
Boy, I’m everything you can’t see
Like three blind mice on the chase for some great cheese
And cheddar man said he got them grape trees
Said he served me and my nigga 3G
Fatigues, Jordan’s number 5’s
Ya’ll niggas boring
‘Cause I travel like a rocket, I do
Mind riddle every socket for you
I swing on the edge of a lightning
Magnetic can’t stop
Just floating won’t drop
I slip, I side back up the ride
I’m skipping every mountain top
I’m reaching for the highest high
After tearing up the main stage at L.A.’s Hard Summer on Friday night, Swedish band Little Dragon headed off to Montreal for a gig yesterday at the Osheaga Festival and then moved on to Chicago to wrap up the weekend at Lollapalooza. Three major festivals in three days sounds either like one of those “priceless” Master Card commercials or a radio station giveaway. What music fan wouldn’t dream of rocking the weekend away in three cities?
But the reality of getting from Hard to Osheaga to Lolla means Little Dragon won’t see any music. “We see a lot of good airplanes,” the band’s drummer, Erik Bodin, joked to Rolling Stone in their trailer backstage at Hard Summer.
“We’re really thankful you get it. Most people just say,’Oh my god, that’s so fun,'” frontwoman Yukimi Nagano said. “It’s obviously fun, it’s great, but there’s another side to it.”
Still, the quartet will gladly take the hectic schedule, and not just for the frequent flier miles. It comes with being in demand, which Little Dragon very much are at the moment. They just opened some dates for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and contributed to the new solo album by Outkast’s Big Boi, both very memorable experiences.
Opening for the Chilis brought Little Dragon into unchartered terrain. “It was a new world to explore, hockey arenas, a lot of echoes,” keyboardist Hakan Wirenstrand said.
“And then middle America is a bit different than where we usually play, from the major cities,” Nagano added. While they were in different cities playing to larger crowds, even half-full arenas still brought in 7,000 people on most nights, and they found a positive reception. “The crowds were up for it, actually,” Bodin said. There were some opening-act bumps, however.
“There are always some hardcore fans in the front, ‘Where’s the guitar? There’s no guitar,'” bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin said.
They had no such problems collaborating with Big Boi. Nagano contributed vocals to the track “Momma Told Me,” and unlike most features these days, she actually got to work with Big Boi and not just his computer.
“We were in Atlanta and just kind of had a day together, it was one of those rare things where we met and had a vibe,” Nagano said.
Little Dragon might make a collective appearance on Big Boi’s album as well. “We produced one song that we gave to him,” Wallin said. Since it’s not their album and he is unsure if the track will make the final cut, he didn’t want to give away the title.
After all their high-profile collaborations and tours, plus about five years on the road, the band will hole up in September to start work on the follow-up to last year’s Ritual Union. While it’s hard for them to work on the road, they have some ideas and sketches of songs already underway. And they expect to have it out in 2013.
“We try to keep it not having a timeline when we’re creating to not feel stress, but realistically probably next year,” Nagano said of the release date. Source.
“Last night at a private listening party in New York at MSR Studios, Big Boi showcased several rough cuts from his forthcoming solo album, Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors (via Billboard). He told listeners that the album would feature Little Dragon, Phantogram, ASAP Rocky, and Kid Cudi, who appears on the lead single, “She Hate Me”.” Source.
“As previously reported, Outkast’s Big Boi is working on the follow-up to his excellent 2010 LP Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Last night, Big Boi Tweeted about a collaboration with Swedish indie-pop act Little Dragon: “just cut 2 MONSTER Jams with @LittleDragon for the New Daddy Fat Saxxx LP #weoutchea”. He also posted a video of himself in the studio alongside Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, which can be watched below. He said, “We are live in Stankonia studios… I wish I could let this bitch out tonight, but y’all have to wait. Daddy Fat Saxxx: Soul Funk Crusader, coming soon! We just made history.” Here’s hoping for minimal delays on this release.” Pitchfork.
“Back in Atlanta…in the studio with Big Boi,” Little Dragon on Facebook.
Little Dragon have recorded two tracks with Big Boi of Outkast for his forthcoming record Daddy Fat Sax: Soul Funk Crusader. The tracks were recorded in one ten hour session yesterday – 26th of October – with video confirmation from both Big Boi and Yukimi Nagano on Little Dragon’s Facebook page. And some visual confirmation if indeed you’re not convinced …
Off the top of my head, here is a list of collaborations between Little Dragon and other artists. One must take care to know that many songs with the note “feat. Yukimi Nagano” were, unfortunately for us and the other artist, vocal work only and not a case of collaboration. Foolish on their part as they clearly had no idea the wonders they had at their disposal, but such is life. So, let me know what I’ve missed out on as I’m sure I have.
GE-OLOGY – Blues Alley (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
GE-OLOGY – Longin (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Gorillaz – Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
Gorillaz – To Bing (feat. Little Dragon)
Hird – Love Again (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Hird – I Love You My Hope (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Hird – Fading Blues (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Hird – Keep You Kimi (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Jafrosax – Drawn 2 U (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Jose Gonzalez – The Nest (co-written by Yukimi Nagano)
Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature LP (Bodin on percussion, Nagano on backing vocals, Wirenstrand on synth)
Koop – Summer Sun (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Koop – I See A Different You (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Koop – Whenver There Is You (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Koop – Come To Me (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Maximum Balloon – If You Return (feat. Little Dragon)
Raphael Saadiq – Just Don’t (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
SBTRKT – Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon)
Shuya Dkino – Pieces Of You (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Sleep Walker – Wind (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Sleep Walker – Afloat (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Swell Session – The Music In Her Eyes (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Swell Session – Gone (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Future possibilities: Big Boi, and DJ Shadow.