Best Comeback: Outkast
Outkast opened their Saturday night show with a deft move: If you want to stoke people's excitement, why not open with your fastest and most bombastic song? "B.O.B" it was, and yet, still, it was only up from there with the front end of the set favoring cuts off 1998's Aquemini ("Skew It On the BBQ," "Rosa Parks," "Da Art of Storytelling Pt. 1"), including the title track which speaks of how "heroes eventually die." Then out saunters longtime Dungeon Family affiliate Sleepy Brown, clad in black and purple satin jammies for "SpottieOttieDopaliscious," who sidled up to Big Boi for a performance that was nothing short of sublime. As Andre began to muse on "Ms. Jackson," as if on cue, the sky lit up with fireworks from an unaffiliated Southside celebration for the songs duration. From there they ping ponged between new-weird ("She Lives In My Lap") that re-arranged the map to one of the songs that put them on it ("Player's Ball") in the first place, and closing with a 1-2 hit of jubilation with "Int'l Players Anthem" (the full horn section making the Willie Hutch sample come to life) and "The Whole World." Heroes do eventually die — but sometimes, when we're very lucky, they come back to life just when you need them most.