On Friday night at 11:30PM PST, OutKast made their glorious return on the big Coachella stage. Well, at least the first half was glorious.
After grabbing our necks with opener "B.O.B.," the nostalgic first act was flawless, energy was high and the setlist incredible - "Gasoline Dreams," "ATLiens" "Rosa Parks" "Storytellin'," "Aquemini" and "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" all made appearances. Then came Big Boi's triumphant mini-solo set, which boasted "Shutterbugg," "Ghetto Musick," a show-stopping cameo by Janelle Monae and a taxidermic polar bear wearing pearls.
Next up was André's mini-solo set, which showed off some of the most brilliant light design we've ever seen. Unfortunately, 3000 checked out by that point (14 songs into a 27-song set, mind you), and the excited, rousing performer wasn't seen for the rest of the night. Blame obvious sound issues or a basic bitch crowd, but the latter half of what should have been OutKast's grand return was underwhelming.
André's muted enthusiasm proved to be infectious. On paper, the set's closing stretch was fantastic - "Ms. Jackson," "So Fresh, So Clean," "The Way You Move" and "Hey Ya!" - but André wasn't selling it. He didn't look like he wanted to be there. He looked embarrassed. In fact, he closes the set with an apology.
OutKast's reunion show was a textbook definition of a mixed bag. Big Boi was in top form, proving once again that he is one of the most dexterous and technically gifted rappers to ever pick up a mic. The set and light design was something to behold. Yeezus himself is probably jealous. But plaguing sound issues and André 3000's absent enthusiasm sunk it back down to earth. It wasn't at all fitting of the legend status often (and rightfully) attributed to OutKast.
Watch more sets from Coachella on our #Coachella tag.
Skew It on the Bar-B
Da Art of Storytellin’, Part 1
SpottieOttieDopaliscious (with Sleepy Brown)
Bowtie (with Sleepy Brown)
Tightrope (with Janelle Monáe)
Kryptonite (I’m on It) (Purple Ribbon All-Stars cover)
She Lives in My Lap
Behold a Lady
Same Damn Time (with Future)
Ain’t No Way Around It (with Future)
Benz Friends (Whatchutola) (with Future)
Elevators (Me & You)
So Fresh, So Clean (with Sleepy Brown)
The Way You Move (with Sleepy Brown)