Big Boi of Outkast took to the stage of Heaven night spot in Charring Cross. In the lead up to his headlining performance at Glastonbury where he performed on the West Holts stage – Londoners were able to get a taster of what was to come.
Im a big fan of outkast and can proudly say that I have all the albums. Unfortuantely I hadn’t yet got around to picking up Big Boi’s second solo album (if you count Speakerboxx as his first) Sir Lucious Left Foot. While I would be familiar with the singles from the album I was a bit cautious that I may not know every track performed so my expectations were not amazingly high.
To my surprise Big Boi not only performed the best of his solo career including – I like the way you move, Shutterbug and GhettoMusick but also a raft of Outkast classics ranging all the way back to their 1994 debut southernplayalisticadillacmusik. This included tracks such as Ms Jackson, Rosa parks, So Fresh and So Clean and of Course B.O.B, which made the crowd erupt.
With all the above and so many more classics performed to the delight of the packed out audience my only disappointment on a personal note was the exclusion of The Art of Storytelling. Either part one or two from the Outkast album Aquemini would have made this that much more special as they are probably my favourite Outkast tracks to date.
Taking into account that The Art of Storytelling is probably not really a club banger I really should let it slide – and Big Boi probably did make the best selection.
Big Boi came and performed and rocked the Venue heaven with his near hour set. Outkast have always been a more unique act in hip hop and for me the type of group that keeps the flag flying for the declining US hip hop scene.