Big Boi’s highly anticipated performance at the East Side Drive-In shook the heart of Texas to its core with hip-shaking, body-grinding, weed-smoking genius. After hiking the rocky, hilly, and dusty maze to the stage, warming up the audience were the Peligrosa All-Stars. Building up the energy, Peligrosa got the crowd moving to the sexiest mash of rhythms. The hot energy soon fizzled when the awkwardly generic Vonnegutt took the stage singing uninteresting lyrics with dim beats.
Finally Big Boi made a flashy appearance, first performing unforgettable numbers from his old project with Andre 3000. Big Boi refreshed out minds with Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean”, and the audience requested “Ms. Jackson”.
Eventually, Big Boi showcased songs from his phenomenal new album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The crowd engaged in “Daddy Fat Sax” and Vonnegutt returned on stage for their featured performance with Big Boi, “Follow Us”. Of course, Big Boi reverted back to the comfort-zone of Outkast by performing classic numbers, such as “B.O.B.” and “The Way You Move”. Unfortunately, even though Big Boi knows how to put on a show, the Outkast performances fell short of perfection without Andre 3000. Regardless, Big Boi knew exactly what the audience wanted, and so the crowd pleaser delivered the old school goods.
Tracks from Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty were occasionally performed after the hip-hop time warp. With a twist of royalty, Big Boi’s “General Patton” and well-known single, “Shutterbug” blasted through the venue, with smooth raps, and heavy beats Big Boi proved his worthiness as a hip-hop legend. Once again, pleasing the Austin crowd, Big Boi followed through with what is a hood-teen rebellious anthem, “Fo Yo Sorrows”, in which the fog-machine and dropping beats got the rowdy audience lighting up, and shouting lyrics.
Closing out the evening with “Tangerine”, Big Boi called all of the women at the venue to dance up on stage. Of course, every male in the vicinity adored the stampede of booty-shaking honeys climbing on top of each other and struggling up the stage for a few bumps and grinds against Big Boi as they were shuffled around towards the back.
After a couple of hours of creating a wild party atmosphere, after “Tangerine” the audience lurked around, expecting an encore, especially because after Big Boi finished his lyrics, he simply just vanished to the back with a subtle wave.
Though, playing mostly older masterpieces, every song performed was adored by the hip-hop appreciating audience. Regardless, Big Boi knows how to satisfy a crowd and leave them wanting more.
(Big Boi performed at East Side Drive-In on December 4, 2010)