On Friday night, Big Boi brought the Daddy Fat Saxx Tour – Sack 2 to Houston’s Warehouse Live along with special guest, The Cool Kids. Though many people know him from the infamous duo, Outkast, Big Boi has worked tirelessly to remain in the spotlight as a solo artist since the duo’s split in 2007. Though the duo celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2014 with a string of festival performances, Big Boi has successfully pursued a solo career, releasing albums sporadically since 2005 and forming major collaborations with artists like Phantogram – known together as Big Grams – along the way. His most recent album, “Boomiverse,” released in 2017, has received millions of streams online and spurred the tour that brought him to Houston.
Nearing the end of his twenty-two-day run of shows throughout the U.S. and Canada, the performance on Friday night rang true of the saying “save the best for last.” Though he kept the crowd waiting for quite some time between doors opening at 8 p.m. and his performance around 11:30 p.m., it seemed as though the audience did not mind and felt the performance was well worth the wait. Joining him on stage for the entirety of his set was artist and producer Sleepy Brown, who comprises one-third of the Atlanta production group, Organized Noize. Having worked with Outkast in the past and released several successful solo tracks, Sleepy Brown’s inclusion in the performance was seamless and kept the energy high for the show.
The set list for the night included tracks from each of Big Boi’s solo album’s including “Boomiverse,” “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” and “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty,” along with major hits from several Outkast records. With a strong connection to Houston’s early 2000s rap scene, Big Boi made sure to pay tribute to the late Pimp C and even brought out special guest and Houston native, Trae the Truth, who performed his successful track “Swang” towards the end of the night. After a brief exit from the stage around 12:15, Big Boi returned to perform one final track, “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You),” a collaboration between Houston’s UGK – a duo including the late Pimp C and Bun B – and Outkast. To no surprise, the audience effortlessly belted out every line from the track and soon thereafter raced to the merchandise table where Big Boi made a brief appearance to sign merchandise and interact with the fans.