What’s This Playlist All About? Fresh off his stint alongside Maroon 5 and Travis Scott at the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show, the ATL rapper cobbles together a nearly 350-track playlist that hops from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to “Straight Outta Compton” to “Smooth Operator” with unexpected ease.
What You Get: Expect plenty of Big Boi’s own material, from his OutKast days to his solo excursions (including all of his last album Boomiverse) to collaborations with artists like Janelle Monae (the gloriously funky “Tightrope”) and Phantogram (as the bassy indie-electro/hip-hop project Big Grams). Unsurprisingly, rap’s great revolutionaries show up often (N.W.A., Ice Cube, Goodie Mob, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde), but he also throws in a ton of ‘80s and ‘90s radio mainstays—some MJ, Billy Idol, New Edition, Sade, Guns N’ Roses, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nirvana (who, interestingly, kick off the list with five songs)—as well as some undisputed classics by the likes of Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince.
Biggest Surprises: Mumford & Sons are well represented here (even with a live version of “The Cave”), and so is Kate Bush. He also slips in a Greta Van Fleet song toward the end—perhaps his next collaboration?!
Does This Make Up for That Halftime Show? Let’s just say, you’ll have wasted more time watching that 13-minute performance than listening to all 25 hours of this.