Big Boi to per­form at Su­per Bowl

Mem­ber of At­lanta’s hip-hop duo Outkast will join Ma­roon 5 and Travis Scott for half­time show.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Bo Emer­son be­mer­[email protected]

It’s of­fi­cial: Big Boi will join Ma­roon 5 and Travis Scott for the half­time show at Su­per Bowl LIII, the NFL re­vealed Sun­day.

Also known as Ant­wan An­dre Pat­ton, Big Boi is one-half of the famed At­lanta-based hip-hop duo Outkast.

The NFL had not for­mally an­nounced the At­lanta half­time act — for the past two Su­per Bowls, Lady Gaga’s par­tic­i­pa­tion was re­vealed in Sep­tem­ber 2016 and Justin Tim­ber­lake’s in Oc­to­ber 2017 — sig­nal­ing that the league ap­par­ently pre­ferred a lineup locked in be­fore un­veil­ing “Ma­roon 5 and Friends.”

While it’s been known for a while that Ma­roon 5 would per­form at Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium dur­ing the Feb. 3 game, the ac­com­pa­ny­ing acts were more up in the air.

Hous­ton rap­per Travis Scott was re­ported last month to be in talks to take part in the half­time show. The news for all three acts was an­nounced by the NFL on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Va­ri­ety, the en­ter­tain­ment trade mag­a­zine, ran a story call­ing this year’s half­time show “mu­sic’s least-wanted gig.”

The en­ter­tain­ment specta- cle be­came em­broiled in calls for boy­cotts and protests as per­form­ers turned down the NFL as a sign of their sup­port for for­mer NFL star Colin Kaeper­nick and other play- ers who have taken a knee dur­ing the na­tional an­them at games to de­cry po­lice bru- tal­ity and racial in­jus­tice. The protests have grown into one of the most po­lar­iz­ing is­sues in sports, with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump hav­ing urged the league to sus­pend or fire play­ers who demon­strated dur­ing the an­them.

In ad­di­tion to the dearth of per­form­ers, some foot­ball and mu­sic fans ex­pressed con­cern that in At­lanta, an epi­cen­ter of rap and hip-hop, no lo­cals would be rep­re­sented.

T he worry that African-Amer­i­can mu­si­cians would stay away from the event also has ap­par­ently evap­o­rated. Among the per­form­ers lined up to ap­pear at the Bud Light Su­per Bowl Mu­sic Fest in the week lead­ing up to the game are Lu­dacris, Mi­gos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, Metro Boomin and Lil Jon.

Asked about the ra­tio­nale be­hind show­ing up for the big event, Lil Jon told the AJC, “It’s our home­town, we gotta. It’s rare when we’re able to show­case what we love about this city and show­case our city.”

AKILI-CASUNDRIA RAMSESS / EYE OF RAMSESS ME­DIA

Ant­wan An­dre Pat­ton, bet­ter known as Big Boi and half of the famed hip-hop duo Outkast, per­forms at the ONE Mu­sic Fest in New York’s Cen­tral Park on Sept. 9.

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