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Monday, September 5, 2011

Macklemore vs. Wiz Khalifa vs. Big Boi

Posted by on Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Who did it best at Bumbershoot? Seattle, Pittsburg, or Hott-lanta? Cast your vote. More photos after the jump...

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Wiz Khalifa


Big Boi



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No one has commented because all the acts are way below average. Macknomore is too breathy and his lyrics are cheesy--riding a backwater wave, Big Boi was all look at my videos--who is Andre 3000? All these pale fate Seattle girls on the stage are, um, ugh and Wiz was boooorrriiinggg....Hip hop is in a state of 911!
Posted by MehCity on September 5, 2011 at 11:36 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 2
Mad Rad did it better than all of them. Well, probably. I didn't see Macklemore or Wiz, but I saw Big Boi, Champagne Champagne, Das Racist, and Astronautalis.

Though, admittedly, Big Boi still had some great tracks that makes me jam.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on September 5, 2011 at 11:42 PM · Report this
Astronautalis & Mash Hall, bitches.
Posted by joemomma on September 6, 2011 at 12:11 AM · Report this
Simone 4
Mad Rad because I got a foot in the face/camera by a Mad Rad and both he and me survived.
Posted by Simone on September 6, 2011 at 8:26 AM · Report this
Posted by coolsundays on September 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Big Boi is (as Outkast was in the Stankonia era) the only American hip-hop artist whose rapping actually sounds good live.

Rhythmically precise and intelligibly enunciated. Doesn't hand every third word over to his sideman. Doesn't do that pitch-shifting improvisation with his hook words that makes most rappers sound like broken slide whistles.

He keeps the integrity of his rhymes as he wrote them; he even respects the integrity of song structure, performing his solo cuts in their entirety (something that few American rappers, mainstream or underground, care to do, but which Outkast always did live, even if Big Boi now feels the need to isolate and medley-ize his verses from Outkast songs).

Big Boi doesn't screw around on stage. Clich├ęd crowd-baiting is almost nonexistent. There are no time-wasting "party's on this side" games.

And absolutely no fucking bullhorn samples.

Basically, he puts on a hip-hop show that doesn't feel like every lazy hip-hop show you've ever seen. And that's the greatest compliment I can give a rapper.
Posted by d.p. on September 6, 2011 at 9:06 PM · Report this
Air horn, not bullhorn, in case it wasn't obvious what I meant.
Posted by d.p. on September 6, 2011 at 9:09 PM · Report this
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There are no time-wasting "party's on this side" games.

Big Boi did do the Party on this side...but only one repetition. And a little bit of riling up for "the main course." It was blissfully minimal though.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on September 6, 2011 at 10:56 PM · Report this

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