Only at SXSW can you find yourself walking through a wheat field trying to find an A-list musician. There is a lot to think about. You have to consider who in the hell would put on a show where you would have to walk through a wheat field and then through a maze of barb wire fence just to find the entrance to a power plant where the music is? Then you have to ask yourself is this some kind of joke? Did I receive this venue information from someone trying to play a joke? But then past the wheat field and maze of barb wire fence you see a massive line of people and you know you have made it and the only thing left to do is pick up your press pass and hope the talent delivers.
As soon as I walked in the power plant I was instantly in disbelief. It was nothing I had ever seen before. Pepsi had pulled out all the stops; the place felt like LA but it was in Austin. There were giant globes hanging from the ceiling and they were serving free high class vodka. It was making me excited but I had to stop myself for a second and not let lights or the unlimited liquid gold sway my opinion because after all I was here for the music and not for anything else.
I felt unsure while waiting to watch Big Boi, I have never been big on rap and what a ridiculous genre it has become, but OutKast has always been great to me. The super group has always made music that I find to be something so strange and I don’t think it sounds like rap or funk but something in between; its something weird and weird always hits the spot for me. But I was not waiting to watch OutKast; I was waiting for Big Boi and I had never heard his solo music, but I was in luck because here was the chance right in front of me.
Big Boi swept on the stage with nothing new but still something great; it was the same old sound, it was Outkast and the old saying, “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke,” proved to be true. The set was made up of all the greats: “Miss Jackson”, “Ghetto Musick”, and “I Like the Way You Move”. The short little fucker Big Boi put on one hell of a show, it was nice and made me think there is hope for rap/funk/whatever after all.
Besides the music, Big Boi knew how to handle a crowd and how to please them. There was nothing selfish about the set and that is rare with musicians like Big Boi who are at the top and are way beyond taking requests. But hell it seems in Austin anything is possible because Big Boi did take requests and even knew the state motto to top it off. So for now I say this fellow Big Boi is alright and his music is even better.
by Josh Davis