BET Experience 2014: Outkast, A$AP Rocky & Rick Ross Pack the House on Day 2
Duo headlines second night of BET Experience concerts, joined by A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, August Alsina and more
It was all about Outkast Saturday night (June 28) as the pair brought their 20th anniversary celebration to Los Angeles.
Headlining BET Experience at L.A. Live’s second night of Staples Center concerts, Andre 3000 and Big Boi were treated to a roaring welcome as they blasted into opening number “B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad).”
From there, a camouflage-attired Big Boi and a white-wigged Andre 3000, wearing a black jumpsuit emblazoned with the phrase “ninjas kill me,” crisscrossed the stage as they deftly tore through a raft of fan faves. Those included such gems as “Hootie Hoo,” “Aquemini,” “Ms. Jackson,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,” “Crumblin’ Erb,” “Prototype” and “Roses.”
And as noted in reviews of previous reunion outings including Coachella and SXSW, Big Boi and Andre 3000 performed individual mini-sets that featured their biggest solo hits, respectively “The Way You Move” and “Hey Ya!” Helping the pair further stoke the frenzied audience were special guests Killer Mike, Sleepy Brown, Bun B and Slick Rick.
But Outkast wasn’t the only act pumping up the packed Staples Center. Holding their own while warming up the house were Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky (who unfortunately, and ironically, encountered technical difficulties while launching into his hit “Fuckin’ Problems”) and newcomer August Alsina. Rounding out the evening’s rap bill, hosted by DJ Khaled: Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan. Earlier BET press releases announcing the show listed K. Michelle as part of the lineup, but she did not appear.
BET Experience at L.A. Live wraps its Staples Center concert series Sunday night (June 29) with headliner Mary J. Blige, joined by Trey Songz, Jennifer Hudson, TGT, Sevyn Streeter and Mack Wilds.
Before that gets underway, the annual BET Awards will go live across the street at the Nokia Theatre (8 p.m. ET). On board as host is Chris Rock; performers include Pharrell Williams, Usher, Drake, Lil Wayne and Lionel Richie, the latter of whom will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jay Z, Beyonce and Drake lead the BET Awards field with five nominations. Williams and newcomer August Alsina follow with four nominations.