Despite what Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and (most likely) our upcoming Pazz & Jop results might say, OutKast motormouth Big Boi actually made the best rap record of 2010. Sorry, Kanye: Big Bois three-years-in-the-making space-funk opus, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, has twice as many rhymes, funnier skits, more consistent trunk-rattling, and no one puts anyones genitals in a sarcophagus. His sets at SXSW and Brooklyn Bowl were simple, unfuckwithable scattergun rundowns of his many, many, many hits, plus woofer- destroying versions of his skittery, stuttery, impossibly funky new material. Its a common complaint that his sets can be a little short, but theyre certainly not short on megahits or crunktacular energy. This thing is likely to go on all night anyway, thanks to a DJ set from Scottish nunew wave wundergeek Calvin Harris; Cali electro-remix sensation L.A. Riots; and Brooklyn hipster-hop poptimists the Knocks.
Wed., Dec. 22, 8 p.m., 2010