In the hours since last night’s Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, the internet has been flooded with various snarky—though not off-base—comments and about Maroon 5‘s at-times uncomfortable and overall less-than-remarkable halftime show performance. From Adam Levine‘s often timid, off-key vocals and strange, gradual strip-down (we get it, you have tattoos) to the big SpongeBob “Sweet Victory” blue-balling (why dangle it in front of us if you’re not gonna deliver?), let’s just say there’s no shortage of raised-eyebrow reviews of the 13-ish minute spectacle.
There were a couple bright spots in the performance—mostly courtesy of Atlanta hero Big Boi (Outkast) and his sorely needed guest appearance. Toward the end of the show, Big Boi rolled in like a boss in a Cadillac rocking an enormous fur coat to perform “The Way You Move” with Sleepy Brown. But it wasn’t just Big Boi. The crew of musicians he brought with him—all dressed in red ATLiens jackets (need)—also gave the show a much-needed shot of real energy (and not just more flashy production).
The coolest part? The four-piece horn section Big Boi brought along featured a familiar face: Kebbi Williams, Atlanta native and tenor saxophonist for Tedeschi Trucks Band.
— Tedeschi Trucks Band (@DerekAndSusan) February 4, 2019
The appearance wasn’t entirely out of left field. Kebbi and the rest of the horn section from the halftime show, known as Hornz Unlimited, were responsible for recording the 2003 smash hit’s horn line. Either way, Big Boi, Williams, and the rest of the ATLiens were one of the few bright spots in an otherwise underwhelming halftime show.
You can watch the full performance below (or skip to 08:50 to watch Big Boi and company steal the show):
Super Bow LIII Halftime Show – Maroon 5 w/ Travis Scott, Big Boi, & More – Full Video