Boomiverse

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Boomiverse
Big Boi Boomiverse.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 16, 2017
Recorded2016–2017
GenreHip hop
Length45:24
LabelEpic
Producer
Big Boi chronology
Big Grams
(2015)
Boomiverse
(2017)
Singles from Boomiverse
  1. "Mic Jack"
    Released: April 21, 2017
  2. "Kill Jill"
    Released: April 21, 2017
  3. "All Night"
    Released: July 17, 2017[2]

Boomiverse is the third studio album by American rapper Big Boi. The album was released on June 16, 2017, by Epic Records.[3] The album features guest appearances from Adam Levine, Jeezy, Killer Mike, Gucci Mane, and Curren$y. It contains production from frequent collaborators Organized Noise, DJ Dahi, Dr. Luke, Scott Storch, among others. It was supported by the release of three singles – "Mic Jack" featuring Adam Levine, Scar and Sleepy Brown, "Kill Jill" featuring Killer Mike and Jeezy, and "All Night"; the latter of which is Big Boi's highest charting single as a solo artist.

Background[edit]

After the release of Big Grams (2015), a collaborative extended play (EP) from rapper Big Boi and rock band Phantogram, Big Boi began writing for his upcoming third solo studio album. On April 19, 2017, he revealed the title for the album and released the first two singles, "Mic Jack" featuring Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and "Kill Jill" featuring Jeezy and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels two days later.[4]

On May 16, 2017, he revealed that Boomiverse was scheduled for release on June 16, 2017, and includes guest appearances from Gucci Mane, Janelle Monáe, among others.[5]

The song "All Night" was featured in an iPhone X commercial in November 2017.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic70/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[8]
Clash Magazine7/10[9]
Courier Journal3.5/4 stars[10]
Exclaim!8/10[11]
The Guardian4/5 stars[12]
Paste Magazine8.4/10[13]
Pitchfork7.4/10[14]

Boomiverse received positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 70, based on 13 reviews.[7] Jayson Greene of Pitchfork commented: "Boomiverse doesn’t have the same freewheeling, blitzkrieg energy as Sir Lucious, but it reestablishes Big Boi as a dependable record maker who will always make music worth checking for, no matter what else is going on around him. He’s not really in a position to be competing against Migos on rap radio, and he doesn’t want to, at all."[14] Alex Macpherson of The Guardian stated: " A sprinkling of electro bleeps throws Boomiverse back to the 1980s and on irresistible highlight Chocolate, Big Boi morphs into Missy Elliott in her house-dabbling phase. He’s careful to drop a Future reference here and borrow Kendrick Lamar’s cadence there to root it in the present, but Boomiverse’s self-conscious stylistic plurality is the new old-school. "All Night", simultaneously too wacky and too obvious, is a moment to cringe at, but for the most part this is dad rap that can hold its head high."[12]

Nastia Voynovskaya of Paste Magazine commented: "Boomiverse is an exuberant record that dabbles in different subgenres of hip-hop to emerge with a crisp, cohesive final product that stays true to Big Boi’s roots while cultivating an up-to-date sound. With Outkast collaborators Organized Noize handling the majority of the album’s production, Boomiverse is steeped in the classic Southern sound that predated what we know as trap music today. The album is far from the work of a legend resting on his laurels; instead, its inventive and genuinely fun sound makes a compelling case for why, 20 years after his debut, we should still be paying attention to Big Boi."[13]

Will Lavin of Clash Magazine praised Big Boi's lyricism and production style: "Laced with complex rhyme styles and diverse lyrical content Boomiverse is a welcomed return for Daddy Fat Sack. Walking a thin line between pretty much every musical genre known to mankind, don’t be surprised when on Boomiverse one minute you’re breaking your neck on a bed of 808s, electro drum patterns and screaming synths and the next you’re kicking back to a selection of funky rhythms, sax solos and acoustic guitars."[9]

Exclaim! critic Erin Lowers commented that "Big Boi continues to reinvent himself, and the Boomiverse signifies something of a new start. And while new beginnings aren't without their flaws, Big Boi's lyrical prowess and effortless delivery provide the thread that link the old Big Boi universe to this, the Boomiverse."[11]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[15]

Boomiverse[3]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Da Next Day" (featuring Big Rube)Organized Noize2:34
2."Kill Jill" (featuring Killer Mike and Jeezy)
  • Patton
  • Murray
  • Kristopher Bailey
  • Tobias Thomas
  • Aura Qualic
  • Shelton Oliver
  • Milton Poole III
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Masspike Miles
  • Hollis Mason
  • Michael Render
  • Jay Jenkins
  • Organized Noize
  • Young Cali
  • Big Boi
4:25
3."Mic Jack" (featuring Adam Levine, Scar and Sleepy Brown)
3:22
4."In the South" (featuring Gucci Mane and Pimp C)
  • Cory Mo
  • TM88
  • Organized Noize
4:05
5."Order of Operations"
3:39
6."All Night" (featuring LunchMoney Lewis)
4:01
7."Get Wit It" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
Organized Noize4:39
8."Overthunk" (featuring Eric Bellinger)
Organized Noize3:27
9."Chocolate" (featuring Trozé)
  • Patton
  • Jacob Troth
Jake Troth3:01
10."Made Man" (featuring Killer Mike and Kurupt)
  • Beat Butcha
  • Siege Monstrosity
3:48
11."Freakanomics" (featuring Sleepy Brown)
4:32
12."Follow Deez" (featuring Curren$y and Killer Mike)Mannie Fresh3:53

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • "Kill Jill" features background vocals from Rock D the Legend and Hatsune Miku.
  • "Mic Jack" and "In the South" features background vocals from Miss C.C. LaFlor
  • "Order of Operations" features background vocals from Eric Bellinger.
  • "Get Wit It" features background vocals from Scar and Miss C.C. LaFlor.
  • "Freakanomics" features background vocals from Sleepy Brown, Ian Kirkpatrick, Scar and Sean Douglas.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[16] 76
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[17] 7
US Billboard 200[18] 28
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[19] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Boi's "Boomiverse" To Feature Gucci Mane, Organized Noize, Kurupt & Possibly 2 LPs". HipHopDX. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "Top 40/R Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "BOOMIVERSE by Big Boi on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Big Boi Announces New Album Boomiverse, New Song Featuring Adam Levine Coming Tomorrow". spin.com. April 19, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Big Boi Confirms Boomiverse Album Details, Shares Video For "Mic Jack"". The FADER. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Apple iPhone X TV Commercial, 'Animoji Yourself' Song by Big Boi". iSpot,tv. December 5, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for BOOMIVERSE by Big Boi". Metacritic. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Kellman, Andy (June 18, 2017). "BOOMIVERSE - Big Boi : Songs, Reviews, Credits". All Media Network. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Lavin, Will (June 16, 2017). "Big Boi - Boomiverse: A varied and undoubtedly welcome return from Daddy Fat Sacks..." Clash. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  10. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (June 19, 2017). "Big Boi seeks life in the 'Boomiverse,' finds Adam Levine and Killer Mike". Courier Journal. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Lowers, Erin (June 16, 2017). "Big Boi Boomiverse". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Macpherson, Alex (June 18, 2017). "Big Boi: Boomiverse review – brand new, he's retro…". The Guardian. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  13. ^ a b Voynovskaya, Nastia (June 19, 2017). "Big Boi: Boomiverse Review". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  14. ^ a b Greene, Jayson (June 19, 2017). "Boomiverse Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  15. ^ "BOOMIVERSE / Big Boi TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  16. ^ "Big Boi Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  17. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  18. ^ "Big Boi Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  19. ^ "Big Boi Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2017.