Coachella

Apr
15
Rihanna Escapes to the Desert for Coachella

Rihanna

Rihanna made a return visit to Coachella for the second year in a row. Fresh off her Australian promo tour for Battleship, the pop star boarded a tour bus and headed to the desert with her girlfriends. The ladies soaked up the sun before hitting the field for the second day of the festival on Saturday.

RiRi showed off her glistening bikini body and grabbed a front row seat with her BFF Melissa for A$AP Rocky’s late-night set.

It was just announced that she will perform on the May 5 episode of “Saturday Night Live” with host Eli Manning.

Check out more hot pics from RiRi’s desert escape.

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Apr
15
Azealia Banks Burns Bright at Coachella

Azealia Banks

All eyes were on Azealia Banks, who made her official U.S. live debut at this weekend’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Storming the Gobi tent with her vibrant fuchsia hair, black-and-white stripes, and combat boots, the Harlem firecracker earned rave reviews with her Saturday afternoon set that included her single “212,” “Fuck Up the Fun,” “Bambi,” as well as new material off her upcoming EP 1991.

The 20-year-old rapper paid homage to Amy Winehouse with an acapella version of The Zutons’ “Valerie,” and ended her set 25 minutes early after her DJ accidentally skipped two songs.

Watch her shut it down below.

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Apr
14
Azealia Banks Mingles at Mulberry Coachella Party

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks kicked off Coachella weekend with a pit stop at the Mulberry Firepit Party. Sporting her signature mermaid hair of purple, royal blue, fuchsia, and pink, the “212” rapper huddled around bonfires with models at the fashionable affair on Friday night. She will perform her viral hit and new material off her upcoming EP 1991 at the Gobi tent later today. You can watch the live stream on YouTube at 4:20 p.m. PST.

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Apr
14
Kendrick Lamar Kicks Off Coachella

Kendrick Lamar

A storm was brewing as Kendrick Lamar took the field at Coachella as one of the first acts at the three-day festival. Hipsters and hip-hop heads swarmed the main stage to see the Black Hippie perform cuts off his acclaimed album Section.80 as well as his new Dr. Dre-assisted single “The Recipe.”

There are reports that he will join Dre during his headlining performance with Snoop on Sunday. “People are gonna cry. I hope this ain’t people’s first [time] seeing a concert in general because after this one you probably don’t wanna see [anything else],” Kendrick told L.A. Leakers of the surprise-filled set.

The Compton MC recently sat down with Hima from Das Racist to talk about some historical black hippies (Tupac, Kanye, Jay-Z), the N-word, and his favorite character on “Home Improvement.” Check out the Noisey interview below.

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Apr
14
Frank Ocean Makes Waves at Coachella

Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator

After joining Odd Future at Coachella last year, Frank Ocean returned to the festival with a solo set consisting mostly of songs off his debut Nostalgia, Ultra, sprinkled with teasers of new material.

“Coachella, what the fuck is up?” asked the New Orleans native as he took the stage at the Gobi tent, immediately apologizing for technical difficulties. But it was only the beginning of a shaky performance that kicked off with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Long Time Gone.”

He then delved into his current single “Thinking Bout You,” asking his band to kill the music midway through. The crowd roared when Tyler, the Creator appeared onstage, snapping a photo of his OFWGKTA cohort before performing “Analog 2″ off The OF Tape Vol. 2.

“Whip Appeal” and “Voodoo” were followed by a new song where he referenced Forrest Gump, but it too was cut short. He closed his 40-minute set with “Novacane” and “White,” leaving festivalgoers thirsty for more.

Watch Frank’s full Coachella performance below.

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Apr
13
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg Plan Surprises for ‘Epic’ Coachella Performance

Dr. Dre and JoiStaRR

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will turn the desert into one giant West Coast party when they hit the stage for a co-headlining performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this Sunday and again on April 22 in Indio, Calif. Joining them will be plenty of surprise guests (Eminem? Wiz Khalifa?) and JoiStaRR, who will provide background vocals.

The L.A.-based singer-songwriter, who previously toured with Kanye West, took a break from rehearsals to speak to Rap-Up.com about being a part of the historic hip-hop moment. Find out what you can expect from the highly-anticipated show, whether we’ll get to hear some long-awaited Detox material, and some of the surprises that await.

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Jan
9
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Frank Ocean, & Kendrick Lamar Among Coachella Performers

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will throw a gangsta party in the desert this April. The West Coast icons have been announced as co-headliners for this year’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival.

The dynamic duo will perform their hip-hop classics on the final day of the three-day festival, which will run for two consecutive weekends on April 13-15 and April 20-22 in Indio, Calif. Previous headliners include Prince, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and the Beastie Boys.

This year’s lineup also includes newcomers Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Azealia Banks, and A$AP Rocky. Check out the official flyer for a full list of performers.

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