Spotted on Huffington Post (and courtesy of writer Paul Cantor):

“I just signed a deal with Epic Records,” Big Boi told me last night (May 9), exclusively. “So I’m back with L.A. Reid and Sylvia Rhone. Got a brand new situation. I signed the deal the day after the first Coachella date, that Saturday.”

…Big was visibly excited about his new deal, which sees him reuniting with Antonio “LA” Reid, who signed Outkast to his LaFace Records imprint back in 1992.

“That’s my mentor,” Big explained. “He understands my music. And one thing about L.A. Reid, there are no creative restraints. He trusts my ear and let’s me make the music I want to make. We love being in business together. That’s my big brother.”

Although a release date isn’t set, a new solo album is certainly on the way, and according to Big Boi, material from the forthcoming LP may very well drop while he’s on the road with Andre 3000 this summer.

“The album I’m not gonna rush,” he said. “I wanted to put something out before the end of the year. It depends, because me and Dre got a lot of work to do from now until the end of October. [But] you’re definitely going to get some brand new Big Boi material. Two or three singles before the fall.”

Until then, he’s focusing on the slew of upcoming Outkast tour dates, as well his own solo shows.

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