OutKast Close First Night of Governors Ball 2014 in New York [EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS]
On Friday (June 6), at the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival, the Atlanta native’s show was both energetic and full of nostalgia. ‘Kast’s opening was dramatic as a tent was pitched on the stage that soon revealed the duo standing in front of an illuminated American flag — much in the same vein as their ‘Stankonia’ album cover.
And they didn’t waste any time getting the party started by jumping into ‘Bombs Over Baghdad,’ clearly the best song to start things off. Dressed in a white wig and donning a black jumpsuit with “art or fart?” written across the torso, Andre 3000 was in rare form with his on-point performance. His partner-in-rhyme Big Boi unsurprisingly was holding it down and showing us that he’s a pro at this as well.
They made sure to perform their biggest hits like ‘Rosa Parks,’ ‘Ms. Jackson’ and ‘The Way You Move’ — Sleepy Brown came onstage for the latter to hold down the soulful chorus. But ‘Kast also wanted to take it way back to their beginnings.
“So we’re gonna do this section for those who were with us from 1993,” Three Stacks announced before performing songs from their debut LP, ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,’ which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
‘Kast also wanted to put out their own thoughts on social issues like making marijuana legal with the song ‘Crumblin’ Erb.’ “We know New York hasn’t legalized marijuana, but they need to,” Big Boi announced before going into the track. “This is for all the smokers.”
Andre and Big Boi did their own separate sets as well — much in the same way their 2003 effort, ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,’ is laid out. While Big Boi performed ‘Kryptonite’ and ‘GhettoMusick,’ Andre came out with ‘Prototype’ and of course, ‘Hey Ya.’
During his rendition, he wanted to make things a bit more interactive by allowing female audience members to join him onstage and “shake it like a Polaroid picture,” which by today’s standard could mean anything from the simple hip shake to the more involved twerk.
Once the dynamic duo were back onstage together, they performed even more of their hits like ‘Roses,’ So Fresh, So Clean’ and ‘The Whole World,’ where they brought out Killer Mike.
For many of the concert-goers in attendance, OutKast was their main musical attraction. And from the endless cheering and packed crowds around the main stage, it was clearly a successful night.