Outkast Downtown Stage, Las Vegas NV, October 25
Published Oct 26, 2014From the moment the Atlanta duo appeared onstage — stationed in a giant cube, surrounded by Stankonia's black and white American flag — it was clear that Big Boi and Andre 3000's performance would be more than a perfunctory runthrough of hits. A lot of thought had gone into Outkast's return to the stage, representing the duo's creative yin and yang.
"Bombs Over Baghdad" set the tone, firing the packed crowd into a frenzy. Both MCs were on point on the mic, delivering rapid-fire rhymes with deft dexterity. "Gasoline Dreams" and "ATLiens" were delivered in rapid succession, the live band flanking the pair, never letting the beat drop. Hewing close to the same setlist they've delivered at all their reunion shows this year, there were few surprises, yet with such a perfectly curated selection, it's hard to argue with Dre and Big Boi's choices.
Each MC was given their own brief mini-set to showcase selections from their respective sides of Speakerboxx/The Love Below. Big Boi let his rapid-fire flow fly delivering verses from the Purple Ribbon All-Stars' "Kryptonite (I'm On it)" and "The Way You Move," with an assist by Sleepy Brown. Andre 3000 switched up the show's tone for his set, including the Prince-esque slow-jam "Prototype" before bringing a gaggle of girls on stage for "Hey Ya," the evening's most obligatory performance.
When the two were onstage together the duo's chemistry was undeniable, reminding everyone why they became such a force in the first place. A medley of old-school cuts, including "Hootie Hoo," "Player's Ball" and a cover of Underground Kingz "Int'l Player's Anthem (I Choose You)" satisfied the heads before finally finishing the night with "The Whole World."