Big Boi’s second leg of the “Daddy Fat Saxxx Tour” stopped in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom this Tuesday, January 9th. The tour follows Big Boi’s 3rd solo studio album, “Boomiverse”. Opening up the evening were The Cool Kids, a legendary underground rap duo out of the Midwest. The duo mostly performed tracks from their new album “Super Edition Grand Master Deluxe”. “Super Edition Grand Master Deluxe”, by the way, was one of the most interesting, unique, and listenable hip-hop albums of 2017 – and there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it. If you’re a fan of old-school hip-hop culture laced over fresh flows and beats, you are sure to appreciate The Cool Kids.
While the duo only played a 25-minute set, they were impressive in their short stint. The main highlight of The Cool Kids’ performance was the use of a live drummer rather than a DJ. This limited their song choice, somewhat, but it was well worth it. The top track of the night: Checkout, a single from their most recent album which examines the issue of rampant and dysfunctional materialism in hip-hop.
The one and only Big Boi, Daddy Fat Saxxx – née Antwan André Patton – originally of Outkast fame, put on a remarkable show. Big Boi was supported by Sleepy Brown as his hype man, who helped deliver Andre 3ks’ choruses and ad-libs for the Outkast cuts. Some highlights included “Mrs. Jackson”, “Bombs Over Baghdad”, “The Way You Move”, “Roses”, “So Fresh So Clean”, “Rosa Parks”, “Whole World, Elevators”, and “Ghettomusick”. That last track, in particular, had me feeling good, feeling great (how are you?).
Big Boi and Sleepy Brown were in-sync like dirty dishes and executed their verses and hooks flawlessly, weaving in medleys of Outkast hits with new favorites off of ‘Twans 2017 solo record “Boomiverse”. Highlights from the “Boomiverse” album included ‘Chocolate’ ‘All Night’ and ‘Kill Jill’. His elocution and enunciation throughout the show was a real highlight, giving an impression of a rapper who never slips, stumbles or stutters when he’s on the mic. It would come as no surprise to me if he is a “one-take wonder” when he steps into the booth; as a studio musician myself, this ability inspired just a little bit of awe and envy in me. Equally impressive is the fact that his voice never wavers, sort of like a perfectly tuned instrument in the hands of a master.
Big Boi made sure that everyone in the crowd was having a good time. Seriously – he asked us, like, seven times throughout the show in his signature sly, smirking, dragged out drawl. Something tells me he knew the answer to the question every time.
Photos © Jamie Taylor // Cryptic Photography