Coachella’s second weekend is in the books. The first weekend featured an enormous amount of special guests giving fans more than they expected. In honour of the untimely passing of music icon Prince on Thursday, many of the weekend’s sets featured tributes to the legend.
The guests were out in full force, but you can’t be everywhere at once, so here’s the run-down on who brought out who during the California festival’s second leg.
After promising last year to reunite N.W.A, and again last weekend during his first performance, Ice Cube finally came through. After Cube performed “Straight Outta Compton” with band-mates MC Ren and DJ Yella, he stopped the show and asked out loud: “Is there a doctor in the motherf—ing house?” Right on cue, hip-hop’s doctor took the stage. Opting not to perform any N.W.A cuts, Dr. Dre performed Tupac’s “California Love” and his own classic, “Still D.R.E.” Later, Lil Eazy-E gave a rendition of his father’s “Boyz-N-the-hood.” Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, Kendrick Lamar joined Cube on stage to perform “Alright.”
Hip-hop supergroup Run The Jewels stopped at nothing when it came to bringing out special surprises for their fans. EL-P and Killer Mike kicked off their set walking out to Queen’s “We Are The Champions,” and claimed they would “burn this to the ground.” They did not disappoint with their lengthy bill of guests. First was DJ Shadow, who was followed by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, who helped out on the track “All Due Respect”. Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram) performed “Born To Shine.” Gangsta Boo made a stage appearance and was followed by Gary Clarke Jr. who played guitar on “Crown.” To close the set, RTJ brought out Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha to perform a fan favourite “Close Your Eyes (And Count To F—).” Could you have asked for a better star-studded set?
G-Eazy may not be the biggest rapper in the game, but getting help from one of the genre’s superstars helps increase status. During his Friday night set, G-Eazy brought out one of the best-selling rappers of this generation: Lil Wayne. Though Wayne didn’t stick around for too long, he performed parts of verses from four different songs. The crowd went wild as they heard the opening beat of “A Milli,” one of Wayne’s hits. He continued, performing his verse from Drake’s “The Motto,” Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter,” and finished off with his verse on French Montana’s “Pop That”.
After bringing out Kanye West during his performance at Coachella’s first weekend, A$AP Rocky had quite a bit to live up to in terms of guest appearances. This time around, friends and family were included on stage. First, Rocky brought out fellow A$AP Mob member A$AP Ferg, who performed “New Level,” the single from his recently released sophomore album Always Strive And Prosper. After Ferg, singer Miguel came out to lend a hand on the hook of Rocky’s “Everyday.” Finally, new friend and former tour-mate Tyler, the Creator took the stage, emerging from a foggy chamber topped with a neon “WTF,” to perform “What The F— Right Now,” a remix of Kanye West’s “Freestyle 4,” as Rocky provided the ad-libs.
It’s a good thing there is no rule against special guests performing on two different sets at Coachella. If there was, hip-hop newcomer Anderson .Paak may have had some issues. The Oxnard artist brought out the self-proclaimed King of the South T.I. during his set last weekend, and decided that for this weekend, he had to turn it up a notch (or a few notches). .Paak brought out Dr. Dre, who was donning a plain black shirt with nothing but Prince’s iconic male-female symbol on it. Again, Dre performed “California Love,” “Still D.R.E.,” and even tossed in “The Next Episode.” It was the first time Dre performed on stage with his new Aftermath signee. Kendrick Lamar also joined in and traded bars with .Paak on his song “Backseat Freestyle.” A memorable night for the fans, and the three Aftermath label-mates.