Outkast goes back to 1990s hip hop at Coachella reunion

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

INDIO, California (Reuters) - Hip hop duo Outkast reunited for the first time in eight years a the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, and brought a taste of old school hip hop with them to the stage.

Outkast, formed by Atlanta rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi, kicked off the anticipated set with "B.O.B" from the duo's 2000 album "Stankonia," before taking it back to the 1990s with singles such as "ATLiens" and "Skew It on the Bar-B."

"It's good to be back," Big Boi, real name Antwan Andre Patton, said on the Coachella stage against the backdrop of the Southern California desert lit up at night.

Outkast last worked together on 2006 album "Idlewild," from which the rappers performed "Vibrate" and "Bowtie."

The duo were joined by soul singer Janelle Monae on the stage as they sang her hit "Tightrope," and then by rapper Future, who rose to fame in the 1990s hip hop scene.

The rappers saved their best for last, bringing out their most mainstream hits "Ms Jackson," "The Way You Move" and "Hey Ya" at the end, before the set was cut short at 1:00 a.m. (4:00 a.m. ET), inciting boos from the crowd and apologies from Andre 3000.

The reunion received mixed early reviews from fans at the festival and watching live online, with some complaining that the band's set was not upbeat enough for a headliner, while others praised the rappers for performing their classic songs as well as the mainstream hits.

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Big Boi of Outkast performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni