Outkast Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 1

Outkast Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC,  August 1
Photo: Ellie Pritts
It's been 20 years since Outkast's formation and eight years since their last album, so the question of whether or not Big Boi and Andre 3000 still have what it takes is a perfectly valid one. It's a question they answered with nearly two hours of high-octane performances from a seriously formidable back catalogue. As the gigantic curtain dropped, revealing a towering visual display, the duo emerged on stage, Big Boi fitting his title perfectly and Andre sporting a silver wig, shades and a jump suit with the words "Life is Short, Take More Baths" printed on the front.

No introductions necessary, they went straight into "Bombs Over Baghdad," quickly followed by "ATLiens," and from there it was just hit after hit. After only a short while, it started to dawn on everyone just how many classic songs Outkast have racked up over the years. They simply dipped into the catalogue and plucked out a show-stopper every time. The duo have so many crowd-pleasers, in fact, that they were afforded the luxury of dropping "Ms. Jackson" in the middle of the set without batting an eyelid. Even when they performed their solo tracks it was riotous, as "The Way You Move" and "Hey Ya" sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Outkast have been expressing themselves unfettered since the early '90s, which is what makes them so enjoyable. Their Osheaga set continued in that same fashion, as Andre did push-ups and got intimate with a trumpet at one point. Their show was a sharp reminder that Outkast still are — as they always have been — one of the slickest hip hop outfits around.

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