The track list for Big Boi’s hotly anticipated solo debut Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty has emerged, and it features a veritable who’s who of Dungeon Family affiliates and Southern hip hop luminaries. One person notably missing from the running is Big Boi’s longtime partner in rhyme, Andre 3000. Previous incarnations of the album seemed to point to 3 Stacks’ involvement, with collaborative tracks like “Royal Flush” making the rounds on the net, but none of the Andre 3000 features have made the final cut. Big Boi cites Jive Records’ selfish business practices as the reason for Dre’s absence. Big Boi the solo artist left Jive for Def Jam last year due to artistic differences. “Jive Records told me my album is a piece of art, and they didn’t know what to do with it,” he recently explained to GQ. OutKast, however, is still signed to Jive. Since Jive considers any song featuring both Big Boi and Andre 3000 to be an OutKast song, they’ve done everything in their power to keep Andre off Sir Lucious Leftfoot.
Big Boi hasn’t taken Jive’s resistance sitting down. “Jive Records is trying to block 3 Stacks from being on the album,” he announced via Twitter. He leaked the Andre 3000 and Sleepy Brown collab “Lookin’ For Ya” the same day. He also accused Jive of sitting on Sir Lucious Leftfoot‘s titanic bangers “Shutterbugg” and “General Patton” for three years, urging him to create his version of Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” instead. “It’s stupid business and it’s stupid politics,” he says. Andre eventually made it onto the album, albeit as a producer. He crafted the beat for the Yelawolf assisted “You Ain’t No DJ”. Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty drops July 6 on Def Jam. [The Daily Swarm]