I saw Big Boi on 9/29. He played some Outkast and every song that had a video to it. It was pretty cool and they actually played all the videos in sync with the songs on a giant projector screen. Dancers moved to the sounds of what was more or less a live band, and Sir Left Foot’s energy and rhymes were on point, despite a recent leg injury.
HOWEVER, Big barely played anything from his latest album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours, which is a shame considering the kind of artistry that went into making it. I suspect it’s because he wanted to stay consistent with his live setup, but I’m not sure it was worth it. Even the few songs from the album that he DID play came off rather lackluster.
So who’s to blame here? I chalk it up to a mix of Big Boi’s failed good intentions and an audience full of Outkast fans that would not have been satisfied with a Big Boi solo show. A sad situation, indeed.
Big Boi’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is one of the best and most overlooked albums of 2012. It featured some of the most interesting production in hip-hop of the last few years, as well as some of the most interesting collaborations (seriously: Jai Paul, Little Dragon, Waaves, Phantogram, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, to name a few). Check it out, it’s not too late.