When Mad Decent announced the lineup of artists for their string of block parties across the USA, everyone was curious to see which of the numerous big names would be traveling to their city. However, one group stood alone at the top of the list. Outkast: the legendary Atlanta based hip-hop duo.
As it turns out, Outkast only played one Mad Decent Block Party this summer, and with a supporting cast featuring Diplo, Griz and Flosstradamus, the Fiddler’s Green Ampitheater was sure to be an energetic end to a fantastic summer.
As usual, the Mad Decent crew kicked things off early in the afternoon with Mr. Carmack laying down his silky smooth trap beats in front of a small crowd. For those who are unfamiliar with Mr. Carmack, I highly recommend perusing the Honolulu native’s soundcloud
Run the Jewels, Riff Raff, and Liz each played short sets before Flosstradamus took the stage to really start the party. I was hoping to be inside at some point before Flosstradamus took the stage, but due to, unexpected issues at the box office, we ended up getting inside much later. From what I heard from my peers inside, they played a typical trap and electro-filled Floss set that pushed the large crowd into the night with danceable beats, this time joined on stage with explosive live vocals lyrics from Wake Flocka Flame
I finally entered the amphitheater as Detroit native Griz took the decks. His funky, sax-driven music paired perfectly to the sun setting over the mountains. Yet, he struggled to connect to the energetic crowd that seemed to be hoping for more Flosstradamus. After playing traditional Griz hits like Smash the Funk, Griz was forced away from his preferred music in favor of more bass and trap drops to please the crowd. Remixes of oldies such as “Tequila” and “Shout” were met with uncontrollable dancing and raucous cheers from the crowd.
Diplo, aka Random White Dude
took the stage following Griz and played a set ranging from trap, hip-hop, electro, and even the dreaded Big Room House. Trap anthems early in the set kept the crowd entertained before he finally transitioned into a more appropriate hip-hop mindset to open for Outkast.
Big Boi and Andre 3000 appeared on stage within a massive cube structure. True to their fashionable nature, Andre 3000 took full advantage of his t-shirt with an important reminder that his fans should “replace their toothbrush...”
The duo opened up their set with Skew it on the Bar-B Skew it on the Bar-B
before launching into a classic rendition of Rosa Parks
. The Denver crowd was obviously well acquainted with Outkast’s music, with nearly everybody singing along to the chorus of each song. Player’s Ball and Hey Ya carried the set through before Outkast closed with The Whole World. Although it was the Mad Decent Block Party, this show was most certainly rather Outkast, featuring the Mad Decent crew.