Music | Story by Zoneil Maharaj

The Whole World Loves It When Outkast Reunites

Life Is Beautiful, Downtown Stage, 10:45 p.m. Oct. 25

Outkast | Photo by Wayne Posner

Outkast | Photo by Wayne Posner

Iconic Southern rap duo Outkast haven’t dropped a studio album together since 2003’s Speakerboxx/The Love Below. Even then, they separated themselves from each other with the fast-rapping Big Boi on half of the double-album and the eclectic Andre 3000 on the other. But watching them the second night of Life Is Beautiful, there didn’t seem to be any chemistry lost.

Backed by a cast of musicians they’ve collaborated with for the past two decades, the ATLiens had Downtown Las Vegas rumbling out the gate with explosive opener “B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad).” As if they needed to explain who they were, Andre announced: “If you don’t know us by now, you probably never will … but we ain’t come here to talk, we came here to jam.” Throughout the night, Big Boi and Andre traded lines, cracked jokes and threw one hell of a party.

Celebrating 20 years since their debut, they went back in time for “Player’s Ball” and “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,” bringing us back to the unexpected performance of UGK’s “International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You).” Each took time to do solo material from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, with Andre lulling the crowd with “Prototype” before sending the massive crowd into an apeshit frenzy with “Hey Ya.” The energy of the hour-and-half set was enough to bring the festival zombies back from the dead and put the previous night’s performance by Kanye West in a casket. ★★★★★

Watch highlights from Outkast’s performance and other headliners. 


B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)
Gasoline Dreams
Wheels of Steel
Skew it on the Bar-B
Rosa Parks
Da Art of Storytellin’ (Part 1)
Ms. Jackson
Kryptonite (I’m On It)
Ghetto Musick
The Way You Move
She Lives In My Lap
Hey Ya
Hootie Hoo
Crumblin’ Erb
Player’s Ball
Roses (me & you)
So Fresh, so Clean
International Players Anthem
The Whole World