Posted: 10-16-2013
Big Boi of Outkast and Killer Mike

Written by Chris Pendergast // Photography by Twisted Tease Photography

Big Boi and his crew invaded the Brooklyn Arts Center on Thursday, September 26. Showcasing a hip-hop lineup like no other, the intensity was incredible from the start. Opening acts Fuzz Jackson and Renegade El Rey hyped-up the crowd for an evening filled with vigorous beats and tenacious rhymes.

Killer Mike blew the BAC away with his lyrical articulation. He spoke of everyday struggles, the pain of loss, and the power of music. In the middle of his set, the rapper descended into the pit and was swarmed by fans. He preached through freestyle—emotions pouring out of him—spitting rapid-fire lines. “I love performing here because it’s an old church,” Killer Mike said. “Well tonight it’s a rap church and rapping is my religion, so this is my sermon.” The unconventional congregation approved, almost blowing the BAC big wooden doors off their hinges with the initial cadence of Bone Crusher’s Never Scared.

After Killer Mike’s killer set, the church went dark. When the lights came up, an enormous throne sat in the spotlight, and Big Boi took the stage, reminding the skeptics just who the King of the Hip Hop/Rap truly is. His setlist was impeccable, scattered with OutKast gems like Mrs. Jackson, Ghetto Musik, and their breakthrough hit, ATLiens. But General Patton didn’t just pay homage to his roots, he also sampled his own personal endeavors from his two solo projects. Shutterbug, an experimental track with a revolutionary chorus, included verses that paralleled the innovative stanzas and rhythm of traditional poetry. An all-out frenzy ensued during hardcore anthems, In The A and Kryptonite. And the popular single, Apple Of My Eye, showed Big Boi’s true musical appreciation—the live band broke it down with their funky riffs and smooth elements of conventional jazz and blues.

The Brooklyn Arts Center couldn’t get enough, so Big Boi kept giving them more. During the encore, he went from one emotional extreme to the other. UGK’s throwback jam, Int’l Players Anthem made the entire room dance, while the soulful and surprising Tremendous Damage touched the audience in ways they weren’t expecting. “It was unforgettable,” David Walters said as the fans filed out of the BAC. “Like one colossal party that’ll leave my ears ringing for days.”


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