Outkast

Outkast |Rival

Outkast |Rival

When Outkast performed at Counterpoint in Rome, GA they were only three dates into their festival run. They delivered a solid set to the crowd of fans, many of which had traveled from their hometown, Atlanta, to see the duo. No doubt some of the 60,000 fans that bought tickets to see Outkast during this weekend’s (Sept. 26-28) three day ATLast festival in downtown Atlanta had already seen them at Counterpoint or elsewhere. I was one of them.

Perhaps it was the way the city embraced the hometown legends – with parties all week and nonstop Outkast mixes on the radio – but Big Boi and Andre 3000 were way better than they were at Counterpoint. With months of touring now under their belts the reunited hip hop duo was more comfortable being on stage together again and interacting with the audience. It didn’t feel like a rigid set. It felt like they were having fun and their energy was infectious. Continue reading

Outkast

Outkast

Let’s be honest, we pretty much already knew Outkast was planning an Atlanta show yesterday when a simpler, unbranded version of the flyer above appeared in Creative Loafing. The ATLiens have since confirmed their return by posting a new version to social media with new details.

The home show will go down in Centennial Olympic Park on September 27 with “special guests” (BECAUSE, DUH!).

Tickets go on sale June 18.

I will admit to getting weepy about this. I saw the duo earlier this year at Counterpoint Music Festival, but a show an hour away from Atlanta is NOT a proper home show so I will surely have my face in the place, probably yelling “HOOTIE HOO” all the way from the Omni Hotel, because oh my gosh how packed will it be in that park?

Are you ready, Atlanta?

Instagram

Instagram

Outkast will headline the BET Experience in Los Angeles this year as a part of their 40-date festival run.

Outkast, A$AP Rocky and Rick Ross will perform at the Staples Center on June 28.

Andre 3000 and Big Boi reunited on stage two weeks ago at Coachella in Indio, California.

Critics and fans didn’t seem too impressed with their initial Coachella performance, but the duo reportedly tightened up their setlist and the show’s production, and received great reviews during their final show at the festival over the weekend.

Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Jill Scott, Trey Songz, Future and more will also perform during The BET Experience weekend.

Tickets are on sale now. Find out more about the three-day event here.

Sharon Carpenter interviews Big Boi for Revolt

Sharon Carpenter interviews Big Boi for Revolt

A 40 festival tour run will have to be enough for die-hard Outkast fans. In an interview for Revolt, Big Boi said there is no new Outkast album in the works. He is, however, working on his forthcoming solo album and a Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape titled Catch The Throne with Common, Wale and more.

When asked if the 20-year anniversary reunion would include the followup to 2006’s Idlewild, Big Boi replied, “We’re just doing a tour only. Just for the fans.”

So no new album from the Mighty O…for now.

Watch Big Boi silence the rumors over on Revolt.

OVO

OVO

Imagine Drake watching from the side of the stage with teary eyes as Outkast performs “Stankonia (Stank Love).” This is the image I got when I heard Outkast will headline the first night of OVOFest this year. Drake will headline the second night. Additional performers will be announced in the future.

The fifth annual OVOFest will take place on Aug. 3 & 4 at the Moslon Canadian Ampitheatre in Toronto.

Two day tickets will cost between $107.50 and $303.50, while single day lawn tickets will be $66.75, according to Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Feb. 21.

Outkast is also scheduled to appear at Coachella, Counterpoint, Governor’s Ball, Wireless Festival, Firefly Music Festival and more this year to show appreciation to fans for 20 years of support.

Kendrick Lamar in "Poetic Justice" video

Kendrick Lamar in “Poetic Justice” video

The Robin Thicke’s of the world aren’t the only ones that can write a song and make all the ladies swoon. Hip-Hop can get pretty sappy, too. In fact, rappers often make some pretty compelling love songs, although they usually feature some hilarious lines and a nod-worthy beat.

This Valentine’s Day when you’re cuddled up with your “bae” don’t just put on the typical crooners. Here are a few tracks from Drake, Outkast, Snoop Dogg and more that can be added to your playlist. Continue reading

Counterpoint

Counterpoint

The rumors were true, again!

Outkast is set to headline Counterpoint festival this year! The festival takes place in Kingston Downs, Georgia from April 25-27.

Foster the People, J. Cole, Janelle Monae, Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Rich Homie Quan and Deep Cotton are just a few of the artists set to perform during the three-day festival.

There is no way I can miss this show! Are you planning to attend?

If you don’t live in Georgia and still want to see Outkast, the duo is playing 40 festivals this year, including Coachella and Governors Ball.

Governors Ball

Governors Ball

Outkast, Jack White and Vampire Weekend will headline Governors Ball in New York this year. According to Billboard, the festival announced its lineup by placing a full-page ad in the New York Times. News of Outkast headlining was first announced last week.

Janelle Monae, Disclosure, Foster the People, J. Cole, Empire of the Sun, James Blake, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, La Roux, Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels and Skrillex are just a few of the acts set to perform.

The Governors Ball will take place June 6-8 on Randall’s Island in New York City.

LaFace

LaFace

If you can’t attend Coachella in California or the Governors Ball in New York, but you really want to see Outkast do not fret. The duo announced on their new official Twitter account that they will do a “full festival run” this year that will include over 40 dates.

“Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for 20 years of supporting Outkast,” Andre 3000 tweeted.

“I’m looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans – stank you smelly much, this is for y’all,” Big Boi said in a followup tweet.

Are you excited about the news or are you still trying to figure out who Outkast is (no, really it’s a thing).

LaFace

LaFace

Outkast isn’t just headlining Coachella this year, the duo will also headline the Governors Ball in June. The festival will take place from June 6 through June 8 at Randall’s Island Park in New York City.

Big Boi and Andre 3000 will hit the stage together for the first time in years when they headline Coachella on April 11 and 18.

The drought is officially over, ladies and gentleman.

I can only hope there are more major announcements on the way from these two.

Rolling Stone