Big Boi in Vancouver (Live) [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – How fitting that Big Boi should “roll down the strip on vogues” to the Vogue on Granville for his first solo performance in Vancity. Starting with the excited, all-ages, passing-booze-down-to-your-neighbour line up waiting for the doors to open, this was an all out entertaining evening. Kicking it off, DJ Hedspin worked the crowd, delivering more than the typical, by-the-book old school mix, and he received appreciative calls from the people in return. Give the host/ DJs hype-man a lot of credit for getting the chillin’ audience to get up and move, because “Big Boi is only coming out to a party”.
Enter Vancity legend Kyprios. Kyp’s manic energy and catchy material kept the party building, as he ran through material from his latest album 12:12: “She’s gone” is ridiculously singalong-able. Kyp dug all the way back to the first major Sweatshop Union album for the track Feelin’ Allright, and the crowd was amped and riding along, fully ready for Big Boi to slam his Cadillac door and hit the stage. After Kyprios, Hedspin and host kept the people moving, while chants of ”BIG” “BOI” broke out stage left, and then the lights went out.
The party had swelled and Antwan Patton bounded onto the dark stage to an introductory track with his hype-man in tow and backed by a dookie-gold-rope wearing DJ. The southern vet ran through his sides of the considerable OutKast resume. Including “ATLiens”, “Rosa Parks”, “Bombs Over Baghdad”, and “Ghetto Musick”. After showing us the legacy, Daddy Fat Sax reminded us why he was here. He tore into the earth-shattering rumble of “General Patton” to begin his journey through the long list of hits from his sensational summer solo effort, Sir Lucious Left Foot, Son of Chico Dusty. As videos flashed on a massive screen behind him Boi rapped “Shutterbug”, “Shineblockas” and more before dipping back into the classics bin for crate-staple-wax like “Playas Ball”.
From the classics to the new fire, Big Boi demonstrated that he can stand alone and do his own without sacrificing quality or consistency. His rapid fire, lightning fast flows were delivered with precision. His runs through OutKast material did not feel rushed or tacked on, and his new material is considerably better than the last OutKast album – Idlewild, the only part of Boi’s discography that didn’t make the set list. Damn near twenty years in the game and Big Boi still has serious momentum and hit making power. The “ai-yer” was a sea of ecstatic hands and the roof was torn. Great show. While Andre is figuring out where he wants to be, he can feel okay knowing that Big Boi is holding the OutKast name down to the fullest.
Written by Natch Crumbly for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada contest winner Jestoni Cumayas brought his mom along for the ride… he danced on stage with some lovely ladies and was invited to meet Big Boi afterwards… party on Jestoni!
Photography by Jamie Sands
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