Rolling Stone: Big Boi’s Asheville show proves he’s virtuoso of flow


Ryan Reed has this Rolling Stone review of the Big Boi show this past weekend at The Orange Peel. Here’s a snippett:

After emerging to a fanfare of triumphant horn samples, the rapper – decked out in a red baseball cap and massive gold chains – launched into a fiery version of “Objectum Sexuality,” an electro-pop stand-out from his most recent album, last year’s Dangerous Lies & Vicious Rumors. “ATL in the mothafuckin’ house!” he shouted to the sold-out crowd, strutting across the stage in front of a five-piece band. In typical Big Boi fashion, he rarely paused to catch his breath from that point forward.

The set was a blur of bravado and charisma, blending a bevy of sizzling new joints with classics from his pioneering former group, Outkast. Getting lost in that stream of verses was disorienting, in a good way: In one of several medleys, “Objectum” merged seamlessly into a string of early-day gems (“ATLiens,” the spellbinding “Skew it on the Bar-B,” the Dirty South anthem “Rosa Parks”), offering the evening’s most breathless highlight.

Click over to read the entire rave review. The photo is my Asheville Citizen-Times colleague Carol Motsinger, who did, indeed, manage to get on stage, along with her friend and my other co-worker Erin Brethauer, to dance along with Big Boi. Fun! The photo was shot by the amazing Ami Worthen.


TacTues April 24, 2013 - 10:12 am

No comment on the part of the article calling Asheville a “hippie college town full of street buskers and hipster hookah bars”? Kind of expected better from Rolling Stone…need I point out that there is only one hookah bar? (Sorry barcade…you don’t count. Still trying to decipher exactly what kind of bar you are…) As for the after party….clearly a stunt on the Treasure Club’s part. Club Remix (Metropolis? Nashwa? 828? La cama?) was selling tickets for the actual after party weeks ago. Big Boi did show up…right after last call.

Smytty April 24, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Not to mention, calling Asheville a “college town” doesn’t make sense. Yes, there is a college here, but it isn’t anywhere close to being the focus of our fair city.

Murphy April 22, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Did anybody attend the “afterparty” over at the Treasure Club …

Jason Sandford April 22, 2013 - 4:21 pm

a colleague called the Treasure Club on Friday, and they said it had been cancelled.

Smytty April 22, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Methinks Big Boi might not have known what he was getting into with the Treasure Club. Might have been a bit different than clubs in Atlanta.

Glad to hear it was a well-reviewed show.

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