After the dissolution of Outkast, Big Boi attempted to recreate the Dungeon Family with Purple Ribbon, a loose collective of local survivors and Family stalwarts. The only prerequisite was style and Big’s approval, which helps explain why Got Purp? Vol. II can be so simultaneously absorbing and exhausting. There’s a lot going on here — limber, pristine-sounding singers (Scar, Janelle Monae), old friends (Sleepy Brown, Cool Breeze) and new allies (Bubba Sparxxx, who contributes the excellent “Claremont Lounge”). Still, the highs are a reminder of Big’s adventurous spirit, especially the funhouse thrills of the posse cut “Kryptonite” to the deconstructed old-school of Big, Bun B, Big Gee and G-Rock’s fantastic “808.”
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