Outkast hit the stage for the first time in nearly a decade last weekend at the Coachella Music and Arts festival. Coming off an extended period out of the live performance game, the legendary hip-hop duo's return was met with some criticism. From Andre 3000's back-turned performance of "Hey Ya" to Future's extended guest appearance, the ATLiens were not met with as much fanfare as many had anticipated.
For their second-go-round at Coachella however, it seems Big Boi and Andre got it right. Making improvements to their setlist and seeming more present onstage, Outkast headlining performance last night (Apr. 18) was the stuff of redemption.
"The beloved hip-hop duo, whose 20th-anniversary reunion tour launched at Coachella last week with a debut set that garnered almost universally negative reviews, clearly paid attention and responded, with an immensely tweaked, far superior set to end the first day of the festival's second weekend," Billboard reported.
Last week's set, which featured a solo performance by Andre 3000 and Big Boi, was changed in a number of ways, from the shortening of their times alone onstage, to a general boost in energy. Janelle Monae and Future did not make appearances for the second performance, but Killer Mike and Sleepy Brown were still on hand. And the changes were noted as good ideas.
"Atlanta hip-hop superstars had a much better second week at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Friday," reported the SB Sun.
Outkast are scheduled to make a number of festival appearances on their 20th anniversary reunion, including the Governor's Ball from June 6-8.