Over the next 11 weeks I’ll dig deep into the 2014 Coachella Music Festival lineup, featuring one band per day. The purpose of this piece is to assist in difficult decisions that inevitably you’ll need to make, as well as, serve as a fun countdown to Coachella Week. Note: All bands appear in a completely random order… Enjoy, and let the countdown begin!
Day 19 = Outkast
Performing = Friday
Outkast are the hip hop duo of Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton. The two formed the group in 1992 while in high school in Atlanta, Georgia, and are better known as Andre 3000 and Big Boi. The group was formally called Two Shades Deep, personally I think they should have stuck with that.
The two have recently reunited after being on hiatus since 2006. Their first appearance will take place as the headlining act on Day 1. Apparently, Mr. 3000 and Mr. Boi have a difficult time keeping a secret, since they leaked their Coachella appearance two months before the official poster was revealed. Outkast announced that they plan to headline over 40 music festivals in the months to come.
Over their career they have released six studio albums. Their 2004 double LP release Speakerboxxx / The Love Below won the Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. Their critically acclaimed 1994 debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik is credited for laying the groundwork for southern hip hop, and is consider a classic by those paid to consider those type of things.
The group’s sixth and final album was used as the soundtrack for the movie Idlewild, a film that the two stars in. I always thought that Idlewild was a fun amusement park in Ligonier, Pennsylvania… who knew?
The group’s musical style is described as a mix of dirty south and g-funk… you’ll have to trust me on that. They’re best known for the tune “Hey Ya!,” a song about shaking a Polaroid picture… so I’m told.
Speakerboxxx / The Love Below (2LP) (2003)
Visit the Outkast website here:
“The Way You Move”