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Big Boi and Modest Mouse Are ‘Marinating’


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Modest Mouse and Big Boi. Our brains are still trunk-rattlin' like two midgets in the backseat wrestlin' from word that the Oregon rockers were working with the OutKast rapper at his Atlanta studio, but Big Boi is already divulging more info about the collaboration. Talking to MTV, Big Boi said that the band spent nearly a week in his Dirty South studio working on their follow-up to 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and not some one-off single.

Big Boi and his studio cohort Chris Carmouche will act as producers on the Modest album, but the rapper won't lay down any new verses on the LP. "I'm not rapping on anything, as of yet. It's their music. I'm also a producer, as well as an artist, but I'm not just going to jump on something just to jump on it," Big Boi said. "If there needs to be some rapping on there, I will destroy it, but right now, we're just really marinating with the music to see where everything's going to go." We love how Big Boi still uses "marinate" so frequently; it's been a dozen years since he first dropped the verb on "SpottieOttieDopaliscious."

The biggest question -- how did Modest Mouse and Big Boi come together? -- remains unanswered. "I've been a fan of the band for a minute. We're all musicians and producers and artists, and it's just like a big-ass brainstorm, a brain-stormin', tsunami, typhoon, tectonic-plates-movin' kind of thing," Big Boi said, apparently blissfully unaware of what's happening across the Pacific. Big Boi, a noted pit bull breeder, also added that he's a fan of the Modest Mouse song "Wild Packs of Family Dogs." Finally, the rapper threw out terms like "enchanted and enlightened," "hard-core," and "kind of funky" for the Modest songs but didn't provide any other firm details.

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