Coachella

Apr
14
R. Kelly Performs with Phoenix at Coachella

Thomas Mars and R. Kelly

You never know who’s going to surprise at Coachella. R. Kelly turned plenty of heads when he appeared during Phoenix’s headlining set on Saturday.

Following a full day of performances from 2 Chainz, Pusha T, and Action Bronson, the R&B icon brought more heat to the desert. He joined the French band on the main stage for a mash-up of his hit “Ignition” and their single “1901.”

“Can get a toot toot, can I get a beep beep?” Kellz asked the sea of festivalgoers, who sang along.

He kept it going with a mix of “I’m a Flirt” and “Chloroform” off Phoenix’s upcoming album, Bankrupt!

Katy Perry tweeted about the surreal moment. “Production value has really gone up at Coochella, it felt like R Kelly was really there! #rkellyhologram,” joked the pop star.

Kellz will also play the Pitchfork Festival and Bonnaroo this summer. Watch footage from his surprise set below.

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Apr
13
Earl Sweatshirt Invades Coachella with Tyler, the Creator

Earl Sweatshirt

Following Frank Ocean last year and Odd Future the year before, Earl Sweatshirt made his Coachella debut on Friday. The 19-year-old rapper delivered a late-night set in the desert, which included his viral singles “Chum” and “Whoa,” plus material from his upcoming album Doris.

Flying Lotus served as his DJ and Tyler, the Creator crashed the stage, climbing the rafters while performing “Tamale” and “Rusty” with Domo.

They exchanged compliments on Twitter. “THEBE DID HIS THANG TONIGHT FUCKING STUPID BITCH,” tweeted Tyler, to which Earl responded, “YOU SMELL LIKE SHIT THANKS.”

Check out photos from their desert invasion below.

UPDATE: Video of Earl’s entire set has been added.

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Jan
25
2 Chainz, Pusha T, Wu-Tang Clan, & Earl Sweatshirt Set to Play Coachella

2 Chainz and Pusha T

Hipsters and hip-hop heads unite. A slew of hip-hop, rock, and alternative acts are once again headed to the desert for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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Apr
23
Coachella Candids: JoJo, Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose, Leah LaBelle, Dr. Dre, & Snoop Dogg

JoJo

JoJo kept cool despite the 100 degree temps at Coachella over the weekend. The “Disaster” singer rocked a vintage Biggie tee and shredded denim shorts at Sunday’s festival, where she joined Thundercat for an impromptu performance in the Gobi tent.

Before hitting the stage with Snoop Dogg to perform “Young, Wild, and Free,” Wiz Khalifa kicked it in VIP with fiancĂ©e Amber Rose and caught Florence + the Machine’s show.

Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri’s new artist Leah LaBelle attended her first Coachella, calling the experience life changing. “New inspirations to help me enhance life,” she tweeted.

Dr. Dre was all smiles as he made his way to the main stage to close out the second weekend, while Snoop relaxed by smoking a blunt.

Check out some of the star sightings from Weekend 2 below.

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Apr
23
Azealia Banks Returns to the Desert for Weekend 2 of Coachella

The sun wasn’t the only thing heating up the desert at Coachella this weekend. After earning rave reviews with her U.S. live debut, Azealia Banks returned for the second weekend of the festival. The strawberry-haired rapper ignited the stage in a jumper with netted neon top and tape covering her breasts as she performed songs including “1991,” “Barbie,” “Liquorice,” and her salacious single “212,” plus an acapella cover of The Zutons’ “Valerie.” Get your second helping of Banks below.

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Apr
23
Dr. Dre Dispels Tupac Hologram Tour Rumors

Dr. Dre

Shortly before taking the stage on the final day of Coachella, Dr. Dre made a video to thank everyone for their love and support for his two shows in the desert. Checking in from backstage at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., the West Coast icon also shot down reports that he created the Tupac Shakur hologram for a tour with Snoop Dogg.

“I want to get rid of all the rumors out there,” said Dre. “This was not done for a tour. If a tour happens, we’ll see. This was done strictly for Coachella 2012.”

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Dre and Snoop were plotting a tour involving themselves and the holographic Pac, which reportedly cost between $100,000 and $400,000 to produce.

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Apr
22
A$AP Rocky Brings Out Master P, Pays Tribute to Trayvon Martin at Coachella

A$AP Rocky returned to Coachella for the second weekend, but this time he brought along some friends. During his late-night set on Saturday, the Harlem MC performed “Goldie,” the first single off his debut Long.Live.A$AP.

“And I’m so ’bout it, ’bout it, I might roll up in a tank,” rapped A$AP before Master P, Romeo, and the No Limit family joined the A$AP Mob onstage to perform their 1998 street anthem “Make Em Say Uhh!”

After surprising the crowd, they took a moment to pay tribute to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin with “I Miss My Homies.”

“It was murder with the case of Trayvon Martin recently and me and P thought it would be right to dedicate something to him,” said A$AP as P called out the names of some fallen soldiers including Tupac, Whitney Houston, and Pimp C.