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- Posted on Sep 11th 2010 1:00PM by Jonathan Dekel
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Arriving onstage at 1:30AM -- an hour late and nearly two hours post-open bar -- Big Boi, the commandeering, less eccentric half of Outkast, had to spend more than 10 minutes convincing partygoers to make their way across the venue towards the makeshift stage, which was rather awkwardly set up behind a bar. When that failed, the Atlanta-bred rapper brought out the big guns: the evening's host and former star of 'The Girls Next Door' Bridget Marquardt, who helped persuade the crowd to raise their gaze above eye level for the rapper's show.
When he deemed the audience size acceptable, Antwan 'Big Boi' Patton, along with hype man Blackowned C-Bone, emerged to perform an eight-song set that dipped heavily into his former group's back catalog, much to the delight of the otherwise quiet crowd.
Trying his best to keep the energy up, Big Boi swayed and bounced across the stage, working eager fans through the some of the rarer tracks before busting out the crowd-pleasing triplet of 'Rosa Parks,' 'So Fresh, So Clean' and 'Ms. Jackson.' Accompanied by a bevy of Playboy bunnies who had invaded the stage, the rapper closed off the set with a number of solo tunes including newest single 'Shutterbug,' then abruptly ended a set that seemed to be just finding its legs.
For the partygoers, however, the end of the set didn't mean the end of the night. As Big Boi walked offstage, the crowd turned around and started grinding to 'Single Ladies.'