It’s entirely possible that, as I write this at 1:00 am Sunday morning, there is a crowd of concertgoers still, 3 hours later, chanting “one more song” in unison in front of the Samsung Galaxy stage at Lollapalooza.
That’s how good Outkast’s set was.
Beginning with “B.O.B” and wrapping up with “The Whole World”, Andre 3000 and Big Boi seamlessly ran through their twenty years of hits, backed with a live band including horns (which, at one point, served as a makeshift conch for 3000) and a drummer nicknamed ‘Animal’. Even the duo’s split LP, Speakerboxx/The Love Below, was showcased beautifully– with Andre telling his partner he’d “be right back” before Big Boi and Sleepy Brown rattled off a few tracks from Speakerboxx. 3000 then returned, to deliver the massive crowd “Hey Ya” and one of my favorite joints from the album, the underrated “Prototype”.
Outkast didn’t leave out any of their radio hits, but did also include classics from ATLiens and Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. It was similar in scope to the show we got from Eminem just the night before– one the very same stage, no less. Em ran through “Monster” with Rihanna, then went into “Stan” and even gave the crowd “My Name Is…”.
It’s refreshing, on a day when talentless rappers like Trinidad James have been trending on Twitter for being dropped from his label, to have back-to-back hip hop performances that us fans can take pride in. For those who were lucky enough to be at Pitchfork this year, and saw Kendrick Lamar’s show, it’s been a damn good Summer for live hip hop.
The crowd was feeling it, too. It was a fairly mixed-bag audience– EDM kids and hipsters and those of us here strictly to see Outkast live for the first time; and, I’m willing to bet, none left disappointed.
The only real issue I had, in fact, with Outkast’s performance was the mic levels– which, for each intermittently, seemed to drop in and out. Other than that, I can’t say how anyone could rate a 2014 Lollapalooza act higher than theirs. It was, just…perfect.
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