Of course, the artistic success of Got Purp? isn't a complete shock, since it's a who's who of the more adventurous acts in mainstream southern hip-hop, including Killer Mike, down-home MC Bubba Sparxxx, the George Clintonesque Cee-Lo Green, and a reunited Goodie Mob. All those artists turn in solid tracks -- and the Mob's "Hold On" is a worthy continuation of their legacy of props to the common man.
But the real revelation here comes in Big Boi's roster of R&B acts. The most promising is Scar, who combines Omarion-style teen appeal with a dash of Seal's mystique. The most immediate is Janelle Monáe, whose electrofunk "Lettin' Go" is a lost-my-shitty-job-so-let's-party song so giddy, it might have you begging for a pink slip. And the most impressive is veteran Sleepy Brown. His "Me, My Baby, and My Cadillac" is soaring southern soul, serving notice that Big Boi's label is officially on a roll.