The Best Acts at Coachella Weren't Even on the Bill Last Night

Categories: Coachella

Timothy Norris
And Pharrell. Fucking Pharrell. Who did he NOT bring on stage with him last night? Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Tyler the Creator, Diplo, Diddy, Gwen one point we were pretty sure he might have had Prince stashed underneath his big brown Arby's hat. Given the wiz producer's uncanny ability to make a fan out of anyone with his polished, star-studded disco rap, it was probably the craziest set we saw all night--and it had almost nothing to do with his personal performance, which felt a little lackluster. He basically said as much as he was complaining about the Coachella dust in his lungs. We'll see how he does next week.

But ya know what? Forget all that. The best cameo we saw last night wasn't on a big stage, with a big artist out front. Seeing GZA from three feet away at the Hieneken House at 8:30 p.m.--that was where you needed to be on Saturday. Most press folks got the notification he was headlining the new indoor lounge area 15 minutes before he took the stage. Hardly anybody had a clue he'd be following LA beat scene royalty Gas Lamp Killer and Thundercat, who gave some rad performances on their own. But there he was, The Genius--killing it Shoalin style for a 30-minute set that drawing heavily from Liquid Swords. And of course, he had to go ahead and drop a few verses of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya," an obligatory ode to Ol' Dirty Bastard that felt just right--considering we all felt like dirty bastards any way at that point.

Aided by Wu-Tang affiliate Prodigal Sunn, GZA dropped his verses with ridiculous clarity and power that rivaled any time we've ever seen him at Detroit Bar or The Observatory. Most of the crowd that was there when he started--bros in flip flops--were not even ready to be blessed by his presence. "Who is this? I just came in here to get a Heineken?" we heard from one audience member. "Is this the Gizzle?" Yeah dude, the Gizzle. Go back to drinking your $9 beer now, please.

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