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Coachella’s Hip-Hop Highlights (or, the ghost of Tupac)

As attested by the ocean of pasty, sunburnt bodies gathered yearly in the Coachella Valley, the Coachella Music and Arts Festival at best tends to represent a casual sampling of hip-hop’s current trendsetters. While the drugs, young bodies and stifling heat are still healthy inducements to attend, a dedicated hip-hop head might find the musical offerings wanting.

If the hip-hop side of things is all you’re interested in, then fear not. Coachella has generously offered video streams of all its live performances and we have generously corralled the hip-hop highlights from these video streams into the following collection of goodness.

 

A$ap Rocky

A$ap Rocky has ridden a groundswell of internet adulation (and tittering amusement as to his peculiar brand of slang) straight into a respectable nighttime slot at the West Coast’s preeminent music festival.

I suppose Rocky is still cutting his teeth because he definitely falls victim to one of the classic banes of live hip-hop: too many MCs on the stage.

 

Azalia Banks

For my money, Azalia Banks’ set knocks A$ap Rocky’s out of the park, both in terms of her performance and the reaction she elicits from the audience. This set took place during daylight hours; maybe everyone was just less faded.

 

Frank Ocean

The least-dickish member of the Odd Future put on a more-than-respectable show, proving himself perhaps even better suited than Tyler, the Creator for crossover success. I assume his backup band is wearing welding masks in order to shield itself from the blazing pulsar of his charisma.

 

Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and the holographic ghost of Tupac

While this headlining set was impressive simply given the strengths of its living participants, a guest verse from a holographic Tupac Shakur turned it into an Event.

Diddy-level grave robbing? Sure, but hologram technology has progressed so thoroughly since the days of Will.i.am.’s entirely necessary 2008 presidential commentary that it’s hard turn up your nose at the whole business.




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Shane Danaher's affection for pop music has peppered his adult life with a variety of aesthetically rewarding and financially disastrous decisions. After moving to Portland, Oregon for college (because that's where he heard Modest Mouse was from) Shane has wound up participating in the music world in roles ranging from 'drummer' to 'promoter' to 'bathroom floor scrubber.' He has toured without money, written about almost every band ever to have come out of the Pacific Northwest, and one time traveled all the way to Los Angeles just to see a catch hip-hop show. He currently resides in Portland, where he writes about hip-hop, pop and rock music for a variety of publications. He still plays drums. He wants to meet Kanye West.

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