Tomorrow, Big Boi will play a show at New York City’s S.O.B.’s. On Tuesday, Daddy Fat Saxxx will see his sophomore solo LP, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, hit e-shelves across the Internet.
But yesterday, before he experiences the whirlwind flurry of a release week, Sir Andre Patton took the stage at NYC’s Webster Hall for a Footaction-sponsored private set, hyping the crowd with an energetic 45-minute performance set to a backing band.
Folks knew what to expect from the upcoming album going into the show. Even Big Boi spoke on it: “I know y’all already got the bootleg.” But what they received was something even a CDQ-quality album can’t provide, which is the manic energy of a live rap concert in a half-empty E. 11th Street basement. Big rolled through OutKast staples like “Rosa Parks,” “Ms. Jackson” and “So Fresh, So Clean,” while also rapping out VLADR cuts like “Apple of My Eye” and “Mama Told Me.”
For a guy who’s been a focal point of the Hip-Hop industry in three separate decades now, there seems to have been no drop-off in what he brings to each and every performance, even if it’s a small show for a small crowd in a big, hulking city. He was up there, on stage, with that signature, arms-crossed sway, and even seemed agitated when the venue decided to end his set a few songs early. But no matter. He’ll be all over the place this week, from another New York club to your iTunes come Tuesday. And for those in the crowd who did cop the bootleg, Big Boi had this to say: “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet.”