Hip-hop duo Outkast marked the 20th-year anniversary since the release of their debut album by rocking out the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday night. As MTV News reports on April 12, the Atlanta hip-hop group consisting of Big Boi and Andre 3000 proved they still have the fire to energize a crowd.
The opening-night performance was actually fans' first chance to see the duo perform songs from their best-selling album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. They even put a new spin on the super fast dance track, "B.O.B." Performing other hit songs like "Skew It on the Bar-B," "Rosa Parks" and "Ms. Jackson," Outkast didn't look like a duo who hadn't taken the stage together in a decade.
The smooth beat and up-tempo rhythm made fans hungry for more and look forward to the duo's upcoming tour. The performance proved Andre 3000 and Big Boi still got it, as they proved the critics wrong. Both artists also performed solo material. Just half an hour into the set, Andre 3000 disappeared and gave the spot light to Big Boi.
Dressed in military attire and rocking a massive gold chain, Big Boi performed "Speakerboxxx" before rocking the crowd with "Bowtie," "GhettoMusick" and "Shutterbugg." After a collaboration performance with Janelle Monae, Big Boi then gave the stage the Andre 300 who performed songs "Prototype," "Vibrate" and "She Lives In My Lap."
Outkast finished their opening-night act with a sing-along performance of "Ms. Jackson," a song that may be one of their most recognizable songs across the board. Overall, it was an energizing start to Coachella and just the beginning for Outkast, who have scheduled a string of festival dates around the globe to celebrate the duo's 20-year anniversary.
The anniversary also set off rumors about the duo collaborating on a new album. Those rumors were laid to rest by Big Boi back in February, stating "we're just doing the tour only. Just for the fans. That's all it is, a tour." But who knows now that Outkast have shared a taste of the stage together once again.