Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 14, 2014
On Friday, hip hop supergroup Outkast played their first US show since 2002 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif. Austin Music Source was not in the house which is all for the best as we probably don’t have the wardrobe for it anyway. Reactions to the show which included a blazing opening 30 mins followed by a few rocky spots in the next hour are mixed. The general consensus: Andre 3000 was a bit rusty and the Coachella crowd might not have been the best audience for the poet and the playa to stage their 2014 tour debut. In the highly likely event that Outkast shows up on the ACL Festival 2014 lineup they’ll have a slew of festival dates under their belt and the set will probably be in better shape.
You can watch the full set above and here are a few responses.
Vibe - OutKast’s Coachella Reunion Resembled Jordan’s ‘95 Return
"It was one of those moments where your jubilation wrestled with disbelief. It took a verse and a chorus for the reality to really settle in; your (expetive) is witnessing history, and thank God that one of the all-time great groups in any genre is back."
"The electricity seemed to dissipate some during the middle of the OutKast set where Big and Dre went at it separately with solo material."
"Hey, Michael Jordan only scored 19 points in his first game back. It took him four games to drop that double nickel against the Knicks."
Billboard - Rap Duo Returns With Important, Imperfect Performance
" The highs of Outkast’s Coachella performance were live-music apexes that few can reach, but there were missteps, edges that hopefully will be sanded over time, as the pair’s summer-festival takeover moves from city to city."
"It’s always easy to quibble about set lists, but when six songs are culled from Andre 3000’s "The Love Below" and only one is played from Outkast’s 1994 debut "Southernplayalisticcadillacmuzik" — in the 20th anniversary of its release — any Outkast diehard would profess that there’s a wrong that needs to be righted."
Complex - OutKast’s Highly Anticipated Reunion Was Incredible and Disappointing At The Same Damn Time
"Seeing a tepid crowd at Coachella respond to one of the greatest rap groups of all time is heartbreaking. "
"Their set ended in super awkward fashion; after spending too much time on album cuts and separate solo mini sets, they ran over their set time and couldn’t even perform "The Whole World."
The Guardian - One of the most anticipated reunions proves underwhelming
"It’s hard to say what went wrong. At times it felt like two solo shows attempting awkwardly to become one, with Big Boi doing the bulk of the heavy lifting – and Shutterbugg, one of his solo tracks, received one of the best receptions of the night. Andre 3000 repeatedly asked the crowd "You still here?" and "Are y’all alive?", which suggests that perhaps he knew something wasn’t connecting."