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$ap Rocky has ridden a groundswell of internet adulation (and tittering amusement as to his peculiar brand of slang) straight into a respectable nighttime slot at the West Coast’s preeminent music festival.
I suppose Rocky is still cutting his teeth because he definitely falls victim to one of the classic banes of live hip-hop: too many MCs on the stage.
For my money, Azalia Banks’ set knocks A$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.
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.