I grew up with these songs so I hold this reunion dear to my heart. For us ‘80s babies and hip-hop heads, it was great seeing these two rocking the mic on stage again. A lot of the disappointment can be attributed to the sound mix and the audience, maybe a little to Andre’s voice being a bit weak at some points.
As someone pointed out above, the performers give back to the audience what the audience gives to them. A concert is suppose to be an engaging interactive experience, not standing with your arms folded or recording the whole time with a phone. And if you’re gonna paying $300 to see the headliner at a festival, at least take the time to acquaint yourself with the artist’s material.
There’s a reason why people hate posers so much. Stay true to who you are and what you personally like, and stop chasing hype. There were a lot of people taking up space where real Outkast fans could have been standing (the overpriced Coachella tickets don’t help either). Andre’s performance during “Hey Ya” was underwhelming for a reason, he even turns his back to the audience at one point. It’s insulting to an artist to have a reunion show celebrating a 20 year career and the only thing the audience shows energy for is ‘the hit.’ Artists expect fans to have more sophisticated taste than that.
Future should have been left off of the stage. Janelle was great as always. Sleepy Brown’s mic was way too low. To add insult to injury, they cut the set short. It was disappointing to see it end like that. I find it ironic that hipsters who attend hip-hop /Soul concerts claim to be fans yet always seem to appear like flies on the wall. When it comes to flavors of the month within their subculture, they uphold all of their elitism and snobbery attached with their knowledge of the subterranean. When it comes to obscure or forgotten music in hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul- they approach it with the same disingenuous superficiality as mainstream music fans in their approach to indie. That audience should have recognized all of those songs, if they didn’t they don’t belong at an Outkast concert. It’s Coachella, they could go back to the camping grounds and go to sleep or they can go to another stage or tent. If they aren’t fans; they don’t belong there. Real fans in the audience and the artists deserve better. I’ve been to small shows where almost every person in the room was as passionate about the music as I was and it felt like a great fucking party. And I’ve been to shows where people get drunk, take selfies, cut in front of others, step on feet, stand for an hour holding up a phone, or complain how bored they are to only yell when the hit comes on. Coachella is full of those kind of assholes.
With all of that said. Kast was my favorite hip-hop group growing up, especially after ATCQ disbanded. It was great seeing them live again, even under these circumstances.
To all of the children on here- know your mothafucking hip-hop history. :)
Typo: When I hear CHILLWAVE, I don’t think “ugh!” I think of all the great memories I had attached to that music that made me feel good just a couple years ago, which wasn’t that long ago.
Wow, doesn’t this point to a fact that a lot of indie music publications are disingenuous and primarily existed to jump on the hype of appealing to a growing hipster audience? Does it not point to the fact that sites like Stereogum propagated Chillwave over all this time, and now like juvenile 12 year olds- are “over it”? Doesn’t it point to the fact that some indie music fans & publications are just as phony and trendy as the status quo that they rebel against? When I hear I don’t think “ugh!” I think of all the great memories I had attached to that music that made me feel good just a couple years ago, which wasn’t that long ago. Epic fail on Stereogum’s behalf, you helped build the machine and now you want to heavily criticize it.
This is really fucking phenomenal. Top-shelf production.
The production on this album is truly phenomenal. This is pretty freaking cutting edge.
I am too stoned for this extraterrestrial gorgeousness. Amazing.
Oh shit, this is the album- Okay, I’m not talking to my roommate for the next hour- he made me miss the beginning.
Please stop with the ethnic stereotypes- it’s not fucking cute.
I can’t decide if I should wait to spark my reefer now or when they start playing the album. The music is good nevertheless….
I feel like such a nerd being so excited over this. Love the kick off with vintage Pink Floyd- “Astromine Domine”