The Ten Emotional Stages Of Watching OutKast Officially Reunite At Coachella

Monday, April 14, 2014


While we were sleeping, hungover, or trying to clock in just one more episode on Netflix this past Friday night, OutKast took the stage at the infamous music festival of the hippie shakes in Indio, California and well, it was a big f*cking deal. It's been ten years since Andre 3000 and Big Boi have been a collective and issued Southern fried flows with a futuristic lean, and their absence has been a real canyon in the hip-hop world. Whispers of rumored reunions have cropped up over the years, but this year the screams are shrill as the duo did in fact go by their word and planned to make it all official by reuniting at one of music's biggest events this month. What's even better news is that the duo are planning to not make this reunion at Coachella just a one-shot deal as they have inked deals to play close to 40 engagements this year alone in the US. Bless them. Being that OutKast is a favorite music act of mine, I went through several ranges of emotion while watching their hour-and-a-half set (which is up right now on the beautiful invention called YouTube) and well, things were so amazing that the experience must be explained by GIFs because...the Internet.

Proceed if you want to get lost in emotion...


First Emotion: Astonishment


OUTKAST IS ACTUALLY REUNITING AT COACHELLA!!! THIS IS NOT A RUMOR, NOT A TEST, OR A TROLL OF THE WORST KIND!!! THERE ARE GOING TO BE ACTUAL PEOPLE ON STAGE PERFORMING AND THEY ARE NOT HOLOGRAMS!!! "SHOW TIME SYNERGY" WILL NOT BE UTTERED!!! THIS IS FOR REAL!!!

Second Emotion: Realization Of Poverty
Oh...wait...I'm poor. I'm unemployed, my wallet hates me, I have no friends, and I can't buy enough tribal prints at Forever 21's Heritage line for this. I guess I'll live vicariously to adjective riddled morning after reviews and deep analysis' of how "Hey Ya" is some kind of epic metaphor about the meaning of life.


Third Emotion: Disdain
Ugh. Hipster rich kids. Ugh. They probably have zippo clue as to who OutKast is as they learned the lyrics to "Hey Ya!" from a Kidz Bop album because they were pretty much rockin' bibs when it originally came out in 2003.


Fourth Emotion: Realization Of Being An Oldster 
Speaking of 2003....wait a dag nab mintue, it's been close to ELEVEN YEARS since Speakerboxx/The Love Below? 20 since Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik? I'm a fossil. Jurassic Park is my nursing home. Ack!


Fifth Emotion: Redemption
But, hark! I'm hearing through the grapevine of the internets that the whole Coachella set is streaming in FULL on YouTube!

Sixth Emotion: Awe
Pressed play and....holy guacamole and queso...the diction...the flows...the energy...the VIDEO QUALITY. Andre and Boi haven't aged a slice, and are rapping as if ten years never and forever ever, forever (ever) happened. And the extra spin at the wheel feel of this is that I feel like I'm actually there, but I can pause it, get up and grab some Cheez-Its, pin something on Pinterest, write those thank-you notes from my 16th birthday that I've been meaning to get to, and use the bathroom whenever I please.



Seventh Emotion: Nostalgic Enjoyment
This set-list is MAJESTIC. "Rosa Parks", "ATLiens", "So Fresh, So Clean", "Roses", "Prototype", "Ms. Jackson", "Elevators", "Skew It On the Bar-B"--- such a great fruit salad of '90s realness and legendary hits. Thank you OutKast for thinking of the fans and for not pulling the surprise of a "every song is a new song" set-list so we have no clue what the hell to pretend to know all the lyrics too.


Eighth Emotion: Janelle Monáe
Yes, she is an emotion because Mama ArchAndroid has hopped up on the stage for "Tightrope" and she has brought the femme flavor to the 1000th degree. You bet I'm tippin' on it.


Ninth Emotion: Serious Slammin'
Still jamming on the one and in full git down Saturday Afternoon Night mode. Okay, and I'm sorry, but I'm so typical and so Coachellain once "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move"  burst on, because let's be honest, these are great songs of the 2000s, they are a part of my youth, my Dad proudly knows the lyrics to them, and I was born to hand jive, baby.




Tenth Emotion: Exhaustion
Man, oh man, what a show, what a reunion, what a crap audience for not being pumped enough and not appreciating what they actually witnessed. Come on, this was engaging, historical, and so futuristically fun that it has got me feeling emotions, higher than the heavens above. It represented what OutKast used to be, reflected how much they have influenced this new breed of hip-hop and R&B all-stars, and what may be in store in the coming months. And you're doing 40 of these shows OutKast?! I'm going to need Life Alert and smelling salts for the rest of the year, thankyouverymuch. Well, alas it's time to wind down, grab a little wine and cheese, wrap on the kimono, and...


Pfft...who am I kidding? Rinse and repeat before they delete it!


Full Set-List

B.O.B.
Gasoline Dreams
ATLiens
Skew It on the Bar-B
Rosa Parks
Da Art of Storytellin’, Part 1
Aquemini
SpottieOttieDopaliscious (with Sleepy Brown)
Bowtie (with Sleepy Brown)
Shutterbugg
Ghetto Musick Tightrope (Janelle Monáe cover) (with Janelle Monáe)
Kryptonite (I’m on It) (Purple Ribbon All-Stars cover)
Vibrate
She Lives in My Lap
Prototype
Behold a Lady
Roses
Same Damn Time (with Future)
Ain’t No Way Around It (with Future)
Benz Friends (Whatchutola) (with Future)
Hootie Hoo
Elevators (Me & You)
Ms. Jackson
So Fresh, So Clean (with Sleepy Brown)
The Way You Move (with Sleepy Brown)
Hey Ya!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Before you comment remember...
1. Don't be rude!
2. Stay on topic of the post. If you don't stay on topic, either state "off-topic" or your comment will be deleted.
3. If you want to ask an off-topic question and don't see the proper post for it, please e-mail me about it.
4. Don't spam or promote your blog or service. Please e-mail me if you'd like an add to my blog list or need for me to update your blog's URL. If your blog is similar in subject to mine, you will be added to the list.
5. If you have any technical problems with the blog, please e-mail me.

When in doubt, e-mail me at jennifer@audiodivablog.com

Thank you :)