"y’all still with me?" Andre 3k questions the dismal crowd mid-set on Friday Apr 11 in Indio, California
I don’t know about you, but I was watching from my laptop the next morning, with tears almost welling in my eyes.
Before Big Boi’s Speakerboxxx and the crazy musical style of André 3000’s The Love Below, there were 4 amazing albums.
Outkast released ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’ in 1994. Southernplaya is an album full of southern slang and catchy hooks (“ain’t no thang but a chicken wang”). The intro ‘Peaches’ features a spoken word skit filled with with the amazing slang courtesy of the artist, Peaches. The next song, ‘Myintrotoletuknow’ foreshadows their entire lyrical content of their career. Cadillacs, weed, pimps, players and the ATL. Most importantly though, the album was about urban life for Andre 3k and Big Boi, growing up in the ATL. Their first ‘mainstream’ hit off the album was “Players Ball”, about well, a players ball they attend on Christmas Day.
(shout out to Aquemini, ATLiens, and Stankonia. They are with out a doubt classics as well, but I had to start with the basics, because, well, it was growing with the hip hop movement itself. ‘94 baby)
On Friday night, they played 3/17 songs off their foundational album. Unfortunately, the crowd was less than enthused (meanwhile i’m crying of joy in bed). They seemed reasonably hyped for “Hey Ya”, but I think they were departing to see Calvin Harris (or whatever EDM DJ was spinning…). Andre even performed “Prototype”! No one there cared. I cared. We care, Andre.
Anyway, there has been a lot of marked pessimism on the interwebs about this performance. “Hip hop is dead” and the likes pervade the blog titles. But, I think, the real hip hop heads were watching on their laptops. I’m not entirely convinced that a hip hop head would attend Coachella. EDM and Indie Music is not for every one. I mean, I regret not seeing the Tupac Hologram that happened a few years ago. But, that still wouldn’t entice me to get on a plane to reach Cali for an expensive, corporate run festival.
All in all, I hope Andre 3K didn’t get discouraged from the mostly white, teenaged crowd. It will get better once he plays more festivals that cater more to hip hop.It was a cringeworthy moment though. Andre finally agrees to perform as Outkast, and this. Between dancing, I was shaking my head at the crowd.
[Notably, Big Boi was hoppin’ all over the stage, unfazed by the lack of crowd participation (then again he’s been playing shows for time, i’ve seen him 3 times)]
But let’s be real, Andre steals the show for Outkast. He’s the bees knees. I wish I could have gone up to him on stage and just bowed down to him.
Go on and marinate on that for a minute.