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Coachella 2018: Eminem Self-Deprecating, Star-Assisted in Headlining Set

Eminem Sits Among Clones in “Walk on Water” Video C. The set takes place with a DC Comics-looking version of an industrial town – probably Eminem’s own home of Detroit. Y’all know who that is?” says Eminem, pointing at Dre. “I know y’all did not forget who this man is.” The crowd raps all the parts as perfectly as Slim Shady. See all newsletters. On Saturday, over on the Outdoor Theatre, David Byrne put on one of the weekend’s best shows, and almost certainly its strangest.

Hands up! Vincent and Perfume Genius showed that those unusual outfits mask beating rock and roll hearts. Would Rihanna, just seen cheering on Beyoncé personally, show up for “Love the Way You Lie”? It’s to Eminem’s credit that he actually drew, and sustained to the bitter Sunday-at-midnight end, a crowd as big as Cardi B ’s, which is no certain thing for any veteran in 2018.

Eminem has a Mom's Spaghetti pop-up restaurant at Coachella

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Interestingly, the most explosive segment of Eminem’s set came when he ceded the stage to his mentor, Dr. After Bebe Rexha came out to sing on “The Monster” a song or two later, Dr. If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. In another scene, Em raps while sitting in a chair in a dark room, before standing up and rhyming into the lone mic. "Why are expectations so high?

Dre says a perfect goodbye with a rendition of California Love. “You know what’s next,” says Em, before letting the voice of a non-holographic Tupac Shakur carry Pac’s classic verse. Advertisement Be the first to comment Hide Comments Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by SolidOpinion. In fact, the Outdoor Theatre was truly show-stealing all festival long, from St. As is the case every year, there were plenty of vital moments beyond the larger stages.

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No, that was left to Eminem’s standby, Skylar Grey, who also did the Dido fill-in honors for “Stan.” Would Ed Sheeran pop in for “River”? The curiosity factor was obviously off the scale for Cardi B, who’d just gotten confirmation of having her first No. Washington — a figure beloved by key hip-hop and rock names, as well as the modern jazz community — brought an ensemble even bigger than Portugal.

Coachella 2018: Were you one of the 452 who lost your ID? Shady's long-awaited Revival album dropped last week to mixed reviews. He invites a guest vocalist to take on both the hefty drama of Love the Way You Lie (originally featuring Rihanna) and Stan (which featured Dido). He ends the set by dedicating his final songs, including Lose Yourself, to anyone who’s ever struggled; this week is the 10th anniversary of his sobriety, he says.

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Hands up!” (words that were apparently spoken, usually ad nauseum, by nearly every performer). She’s a naturally gifted singer with a crystalline voice whose sweetness belies its strength: She can effortlessly sing long verses in a high register that would flatten most rock singers. No, that was left to… Ed Sheeran, lamely, on tape. Sunday — a relatively minor milestone for somebody who’d already become one of pop’s biggest stars off a run of singles.

There were, however, some flashes of the ferocity that marked Eminem’s amazing freestyle comeback at the BET Hip-Hop Awards last year. The show seemed to end with “Not Afraid,” a song Eminem dedicated to anyone struggling with addiction – it was released on the 2010 album “Recovery,” which dealt with Eminem’s struggle to stay clean. P aris Hilton is in the crowd at Eminem with her fiance, but are the millennials?

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This year’s Coachella also included a strong showing for rap acts that have recently moved from the mainstream’s fringes toward its center. But the Detroit rapper’s set, which closed the weekend, provided a sort of counterpoint. AND there are usually three different performances going on at once. Tank and the Bangas — One of Friday’s most effusively fun sets came from this mostly African-American 11-piece ensemble whose neon logo suggests the ‘80s.

The answer is: very. Politics were not always found in as much supply at Coachella as sex, but there certainly were pop-up experiences along those lines. Eminem didn’t get political at Coachella (other than playing 2002’s “White America”), but he did get personal, introducing “Not Afraid” with an announcement that he is 10 years sober this week. Eminem’s message was clear on Sunday. I am standing between her and a sixtysomething white-haired man who will soon be swaying his hips to every bar.

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Even his obligatory guests, including Dr. On Saturday night, Beyoncé executed one of the most precise, demanding, and altogether staggering performances by any musician on a national stage in recent memory. A pregnant Cardi B, whose Invasion of Privacy just  debuted at No. And yet the song’s simple observations about the nature of his fame (“Let’s do the math: If I was black, I would’ve sold half”) are still pertinent.

Warner Bros. Dre , which, these days, feels a little like Bill Gates kindly dropping in to do a few verses, except maybe rarer. More demanding moves reflecting her unabashed past were left to a quartet of bikini dancers who acrobatically took to scaffolding as well as (naturally) poles. Another installation, Newsubstance’s “Spectra,” is semi-permanent, or designed to stay in place at the grounds for at least a few years.

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Before Em appears, Paris – who became infamous during that same weird late-90s MTV era as the rapper – takes selfies with everyone, happy to be recognised: like Eminem, she’s fighting to stay around. He spits a lethargic flow along to a trio of Patiently Waiting, I Got Money and – to the ecstasy of all here – In Da Club. “Go shorty! Dre (who did "Still D.R.E.") and 50 Cent ("In Da Club"), felt beamed in from the turn of the millennium; ditto Eminem's self-deprecating jokes about how much more he used to matter.

Billboard 200, was understandably somewhat static during her main stage performance, yet she still leveraged her massive “Bodak Yellow” into an enthralling karaoke session. Eminem photo Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella But where Beyoncé structured her set in a way that made these discussions unavoidable, Eminem left them mostly in the subtext. While Rihanna and Ed Sheeran weren’t on hand for their guest spots, Dr.

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In an appearance on “The Ellen Show,” Cardi B told host Ellen DeGeneres there was a secret message to her Coachella performance about her pregnancy. Graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. with degrees in English and Communications. Hilton tells me about the time she was in an Eminem video for 2004’s Just Lose It. “I had to punch him and I was nervous,” she says. “He kept making me do it harder and harder.

Clearly, the rapper wasn't helped by the fact that he was following Beyoncé's stunning Saturday-night spectacle . Her feminism spanned from the lustful “Partition” to the unyielding “Run the World,” her pro-blackness from Malcolm X to Fela Kuti. Kendrick also appeared during his TDE labelmate SZA’s performance. Em was joined on stage first by 50 Cent—the two have chemistry, but bafflingly few marquee songs together—and then by his mentor and longtime collaborator Dr.

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Whether she has the chops outside the studio to sustain a full-length show on her own? WarGames' Composer Arthur B. More And not all the fun happened on the actual Empire Polo Field. Earned a master's degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Eminem’s just so real.” A man behind us collapses. “Is he OK?” Hilton asks. “Did a guy just die as we were taking a picture?

Still, it's not as though Eminem lacked for potential deep moments of his own. One of the most impressive parts about Saturday’s set was Beyoncé’s ability to make songs from across her two-decade career seem to be in conversation with one another. Her album Ctrl was one of last year’s most beloved debuts, and fans flocked toward the main stage hours before SZA appeared, simply to stake out a position.

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Have a tip? Eminem didn’t spend a huge amount of time talking to the crowd; that’s Mr. In-between Cardi B and Eminem on the main stage came a study in contrasts. Copyright 2017 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. The Man, Vance Joy, and Bleachers performed. Earned his first newspaper paycheck at the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, fled the Midwest for Los Angeles Daily News and finally ended up at the Orange County Register.

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Eminem did his best, and he had his moments, but much of the time he seemed to struggle for post-Beychella relevance.

That song’s message is earnest, and it’s easy to imagine the writing process was therapeutic for him. More demanding moves reflecting Cardi’s unabashed stripper past were left to a quartet of bikini dancers who acrobatically took to scaffolding as well as (naturally) poles. A rare Dr. Porter reading mean tweets to Eminem, following a video intro by Jimmy Kimmel. On one end of the scale, you had the pop-EDM duo Odesza, who grappled with the eternal dilemma of how to push an audience’s buttons while, you know, pushing buttons.

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From the Destiny’s Child reunion to “Diva” to the pacing curveball that was “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Beyoncé’s vocals were loose and powerful. Rashad is also a TDE artist and, like SZA, he has seen both critical acclaim and endless spools of red tape during his labyrinthine trip through the music industry. But like so much of his later music, “Not Afraid” makes frustratingly limited use of Em’s considerable gifts.

Dre appearance ensured that Eminem's Coachella set didn't fall victim to closing-night letdown. One such tweet alleged that nobody had paid attention to Eminem since 2003, to which the star replied, “I can’t be mad about that. On the other, you had Portugal. Eminem upstaged by mentor Dr. Coachella will stage a second run next weekend, April 20-22, at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif.

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It begins with My Name Is – as sharp, fun and non-PC as it was when jostling for attention with the millennium bug. But that's not what we got Sunday. The choreography was clean and sophisticated, despite the sheer number of limbs involved. He and SZA have phenomenal chemistry, and their rendition of “Pretty Little Birds” had fans hanging on every word and mirrored motion. All rights reserved. The overload served as both social-media buzz insurance and catching-a-breath insurance.

So was his current gun violence-themed single “Nowhere Fast,” with Kehlani, who came on stage to repeat the honors. It would be lovely to report that the crowd’s seeming enthusiasm for Odesza was earned, and that said crowd was not just an easy lay at the end of a long, mood-altering weekend. Dre during uneven Coachella set Lyndsey Parker April 16, 2018 Coachella day two brought a new catchphrase: #Beychella.

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And a dog named Buddy. Oddly, in America it’s a rarity to see Eminem live on a stage like this, unlike in Europe, where he often headlines major festivals. “We ain’t ever been on this stage. He segues into The Real Slim Shady, which stops abruptly with a record scratch when he raps the line: “Dr Dre’s dead. What we got Sunday was "The Monster" with Bebe Rexha. It was, put simply, a career-defining performance.

Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy . Does she have the chops outside the studio to sustain a full-length show on her own? It’s a truism that isn’t always true that at Coachella , as a headliner, you’re only as good as your guest stars. There was also a sense of gnawing social awareness just in the surprisingly smart and affecting video backdrop design.

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Day three brought another one: #BeyonceHangover. Sign up for our Festival Pass newsletter . View Comments Join the Conversation We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. Angry dude, humorist, loser’ … Eminem. He’s locked in my basement.” The crowd realises that the legendary Compton rapper is going to come out. You are now following this newsletter.

Though the Toronto native’s steely sex cuts and somber navel-gazing can sometimes bleed together into a sort of maudlin monolith on record, here, they didn’t. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Condé Nast. Vincent / Perfume Genius — Much has been said about rock’s relative absence from Coachella (and popular music overall) in recent years, but Friday night’s sets from St.

That cinematic urban decay and rebirth is surely a metaphor for how Eminem hopes to sustain his career. But that “It takes a village” sense of community wears well in a festival setting, and the tension between mirth and pomp serves them fairly well. Sunday festival closer Eminem did his best, and he had his moments, but much of the time he seemed to struggle for relevance. Whether you are a Coachella lifer or prefer to watch from afar, get weekly dispatches during the Southern California music festival season.