OutKast’s reunion at Coachella under delivers on fans’ expectations
Hip-hop fans have been waiting for over a decade for the reunion of Andre 3000 and Big Boi. When it was announced the duo would be reuniting at Coachella this year, Twitter exploded and the anticipation went through the roof.
When the stage lights came on, the duo was in a cube. They famed rappers opened with their fast-paced single “B.O.B” with lots of energy, some chemistry and a few audio problems. They spent the first few tracks in the cube rapping around a table. Big Boi later explained the two used to walk around his aunt’s table rapping until they got everything perfected.
After performing eight classic OutKast tracks, Big Boi had his turn to shine. He ran through his solo tracks from Speakerboxxx before bringing out Janelle Monae to perform her single “Tightrope”, which features the rapper.
Then the tables turned. While it was apparent Big Boi has been performing regularly over the past decade, it was clear Andre 3000 hadn’t. While being pitchy through tracks from The Love Below, he seemed to lose all of his energy and appeared to just give up.
After performing five tracks from The Love Below, Future came out to perform three tracks from his upcoming album. The crowd started to funnel out as audio problems continued the plague the set and Andre’s energy had vanished.
The 27-song set ended abruptly after the long awaited performance of “Hey Ya!”. Killer Mike came out to perform “The Whole World” when it was announced everyone had to leave the stage because of curfew.
Overall the reunion was underwhelming. The two seemed awkward as they rarely acknowledged each other and it was clear not much rehearsal time was spent preparing for the big day hip-hop fans had been waiting for. Many say the rap duo made up for this performance during the second week of the music festival though.