Atlanta rapper Big Boi hit the stage late, but he brought the hype. His tightly packed 50-minute set offered a little something for the old school players and the new school fools.
Backed by a four-piece combo of bass, drums, turntables and a backup singer, the bulk of his set was quick mixed Outkast faves. He covered the big hits, “Rosa Parks,” “Ms. Jackson,” “The Whole World,” “So Fresh So Clean” were all huge crowd pleasers. He also touched on a few deeper cuts like “Skew It On the Barbie.”
After the group’s last national tour in 2014, Big Boi’s partner in rhyme Andre 3000 made it explicitly clear that he considers himself retired from rap. So for Outkast fans craving that southern playalistic sound, Big Boi solo is as good as it’s going to get. Thankfully, Sir Lucius Left Foot is a fantastic performer. Animated, charismatic and surprisingly swift on his feet for a man who was recovering from a broken toe, Big Boi sold those half songs. The crowd ate it up, cheering wildly in the chilly night.
But Big Boi is not dwelling in the past. He peppered his set with a few numbers from his Phantogram collab project Big Grams, including the hit single “Lights On.” It was a bit odd considering Phantogram headlined the fest the night before. But the crowd didn’t seem bothered, pleased to at least see Big Boi spit his verse on the song live. The rapper promised much more Big Grams material is on the way.
One of the livest moments of the night was when Big Boi “took us back to Atlanta” for a shot of “Kryptonite,” but he effusively expressed his love for Austin, reminding us it was always “good to be in the Dirty South” (Ye Olde Dirty South, in this case?).
Overall Big Boi put in a high energy performance that didn’t disappoint. We might never see Outkast perform again but it’s good to know when we need a shot of nostalgia Daddy Fat Sacks has us covered.