Janelle Monae has always been something like a kid-sister to her big bros in Outkast. Not only did she collaborate with the group on their last album Idlewild, but her panoptic sound is an extension of the genre-smashing fearlessness displayed by the group in their heyday. On Sunday, during the duo’s show at the CounterPoint Music Festival in their home state of Georgia, Monae joined the group onstage during their performance of “Hey Ya!” to show the ladies how the Polaroid shake is really done.
Wearing a stylish fedora, a striped half-shirt, and a letter jacket, Monae took the stage about halfway through the song and danced her heart out. A YouTube video shot by a fan shows Monae dancing exuberantly and singing along to the song. If you didn’t know better, one might assume she was one of those over-excited teens crashing the stage in the “Hey Ya!” video.
Sunday’s CounterPoint performance was Outkast’s third show of their 20th anniversary reunion tour, and the second one to feature a cameo from Monae. At week one of Coachella -- the group’s first show in nearly a decade -- Monae joined Big Boi onstage for a performance of “Tightrope,” which he appears on. According to Consequence of Sound, “Dungeon Family members Killer Mike and Sleepy Brown also made cameos” during Outkast’s CounterPoint performance, whose setlist was identical to the one they played at Coachella’s second week.
Outkast still has over 35 dates scheduled throughout the summer. Their next show is at the Big Guava Music Festival in Tampa, FL on May 2, alongside Cake, Sleigh Bells, Twenty One Pilots and more. Janelle Monae, meanwhile, is playing a series of international dates in May before returning to the states for The Roots Picnic on May 31 in Philadelphia, where she’ll perform along with Action Bronson, War on Drugs, and Snoop Dogg, who will be backed by the legendary Roots crew themselves.