By: The Busted Amp Staff
Derek: For an artist that I didn't know had any new music released until I heard the single on the new Madden video game, I was surprised to see the lack of hype for Big Boi at Madison Theater. Yes, lack of hype. Why? Well, we're only a few years removed from one of the biggest reunion tours of the last decade when Outkast held an expansive, uber-hyped festival hop in 2014. Yes, the tour received mixed reviews and Andre 3000 has since admitted that he only did it for the money and felt like a sell-out in doing so. But despite all of this, Outkast's music has legendary status, especially among the late 20 - early 30 somethings who grew up listening to "Hey Ya" and the plethora of other memorable tracks the Atlanta group released. So when Joseph and I walked into a half-filled theater, I was shocked and, frankly, disappointed in the Cincinnati scene.
It certainly didn't help the performance. Big Boi appeared like he was phoning it in nearly the entire night, and even great cameos from Killer Mike couldn't save what ended up being one of the most forgettable shows of the year. If not for the memorability of the selection of Outkast songs, it would have been even more forgettable than it already was. Killer Mike's flow is much better than Big Boi's at this stage in his career, and it felt like Killer Mike was getting the bigger cheers too. It doesn't hurt that Killer Mike is in the currently relevant hip-hop duo Run The Jewels. But I'll just go ahead and leave it at that.
Joseph: I'm gonna have to side with Derek on this one. I was pretty hyped to see this duo here in Cincy going in. Two of the bigger names in hip hop teaming up for what should be a unique co-headlining bill? Sign me up! However, it was not to be. Apart from the extremely disappointing showing from the Cincinnati music scene, (c'mon, guys!) Big Boi was anything but energetic as he slugged through his mostly forgettable set. Killer Mike stole the show whenever he was on stage, but I was disappointed to see him only get two or three solo songs. I thought this was to be a co-headlining set with each receiving equal solo time on stage, but clearly the set was Big Boi with Killer Mike. Frankly I felt a little deceived by the billing.
That said, I did feel some nostalgia hearing those classic Outkast tracks again, but this notion was already tickled last year when Derek and I saw Big Grams at Bunbury. (Big Boi + Phantogram) So unfortunately this set didn't bring much to the table other than Killer Mike reinforcing the notion that he's one of the best rappers out there today.
Check this one off the list ladies and gents.
Check out Big Boi's new single "Kill Jill" featuring Killer Mike and Jeezy
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