Big Boi from OutKast at USC for the 2021 Major League Soccer All-Star Concert at Exposition Park at Los Angeles Coliseum

(EXPERIENCE MAGAZINE) — University of Southern California Tuesday, August 24th , 2021 — The Experience Magazine stopped by the big party and All-Star Concert for the MLS game at Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles. The 2021 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the 25th edition of the annual  Major League Soccer Game, an exhibition soccer match. The game, featured the MLS All-Stars taking on the Liga MX All-Stars and was played at Banc of California Stadium. The game was originally scheduled to take place on July 29, 2020, during the 2020 season, but was postponed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The game was televised on Fox Sports 1 and Univision in the States, and on TSN and TVA Sports in Canada. The MLS All-Stars won the match 3–2 on penalties after the 90 minute-match ended in a 1–1 tie.

The concert at Exposition Park featured Big Boi from OutKast and Sleepy Brown from Organized Noize and the Soul Society. OutKast is one of the most legendary underground hip-hop acts from Atlanta, Georgia who rose to world wide fame in the 1990s. Kaytranada is a top level Haitian-Canadian Remix Artist. Beginning in 2010, Kaytranada rose to prominence after releasing a series of mixtapes, remixes, and original music projects. After signing a deal with XL Recordings in 2014, Kaytranada debuted his studio album 99.9% in 2016, earning him Artist of the Year for the Canadian Independent Music Awards and Electronic Album of the Year at the Juno Awards. In 2019, Kaytranada released an album called BUBBA. He was the winner of two Grammy Awards in 2021 (Best Dance Recording for “10%” with Kali Uchis and Best Dance/Electronic Album) as well as a Juno Award. Wow. Really tho, it’s about how it sounds. It was a fun night of people wanting to dance a bit and hold their hands in the air.  It was a cool scene. People up front were super pumped to be there and the Coliseum, which is built like a Roman coliseum, has all these arches and places for people to gather. It was an incredible concert after everyone being locked down for more than a year. Big Boi and Sleepy Brown are at a professional level in performing that is remarkable. They had a lot of fun and the crowd just loved song after song.

DJ Katyanada ~ Photo by Dustin Brown

 Big Boi is one of the top underground rappers that constantly defies odds and comes out on top time and time again. I’ve been a Big Boi fan since the beginning and I’m not alone. Big Boi has tons of dedicated fans that just love his music. It’s in our DNA. 

Big Boi quickly reached superstardom in the early 1990s as half of the iconic duo OutKast. The legends sold 25 million albums and won seven Grammy Awards, becoming the first and only hip-hop artist to win a Grammy for “Album of the Year” when they released the 2003 RIAA Diamond-certified Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Big Boi is a huge sports fan. His son, Cross Patton, is in College Football and is destined for a great career in sports. On Major League Soccer, Big Boi said, “I am a big Atlanta United fan so I’m excited to be performing at the MLS All-Star Concert. It’s going to be a good time and I’m pumped to share some of my new music live with my fans.” Big Boi was in the MLS spirit by wearing a Target logo which sponsored the soccer event. It was on fleek and super cool. My impression of Big Boi after I was around him and Sleepy Brown is that these guys are professionals at a super high level. Big Boi is actually a soft spoken guy with a big heart. I could tell from backstage that he really cared for his woman that he was with and he was beaming with joy while he rapped and performed all this legendary hip-hop anthems that OutKast is known for. The crowd was really into it and the grooves were infectious.

Big Boi made his formal debut as a solo artist in 2010 with Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, followed by Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (2012), Big Grams (2015) and BoomiverseUSC Memorial (2017). In July, the Atlanta native released the new song “‘lowercase (no cap)’” with Sleepy Brown featuring Killer Mike as part of an upcoming collaborative album The Big Sleepover. 

Sleepy Brown is an American singer-songwriter and record producer from Savannah, Georgia. He is a co founder of Organised Noize in Atlanta which created Outkast , Goodie Mob and TLC. Sleepy Brown was such a great performer. These two guys together are a legendary duo. These guys have fun together, they are top level performers. We were so lucky to have these guys performing. 

This concert was just amazing. It had everybody coming together and working and wearing masks and cutting loose together. The graphics and the stage look like a Billion dollars. At one point, I saw a group of fans jumping up and down in the air because Big Boi was playing their jam ~ Bombs Over Baghdad. People were so happy. It was such a great event. At beautiful Exposition Park at USC. Thanks to everybody at MLS, USC and all the fans. Such a good time! Thank you Big Boi!!!!

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