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Words: Jackson Langford
Week 1 of Coachella gave us plenty, almost more than we truly deserve. It gave us Rihanna’s outfits. It gave us that sweet, sweet yodeling boy. It gave us what is being considered one of the best ‘televised’ performances of all time. But the beauty of Coachella is that just when you thought you were out of the desert, it’s back for Round 2. And, sure, a Destiny’s Child reunion this time around wouldn’t be as exciting – there are still some things we’re wanting from Week 2 that Week 1 failed to give us.
Part of the appeal of Week 2 is that Week 1 showed you exactly what you can’t afford to miss. But, at the same time, there’s an element of surprise that still lingers over the festival. So here are some surprises we are dying to see at the second and final week of Coachella 2018.
A Bhad Bhabie cameo
Let’s be clear: there would be no Walmart yodeling boy if it weren’t Bhad Bhabie. Having just scored a nomination for Top Rap Female Artist, Bhad Bhabie is continuing to soar whether people, frankly, like it or not. So wouldn’t it be fitting for her to spring out for a 60,000 people ‘Hi Bich’ sing-a-long?
Now, SZA’s set at Weekend 1 was easily one of the more talked about sets of the weekend. It had it all - an onstage campfire, a trampoline and two goosebump-inducing duets with Kendrick Lamar. But in a recent Instagram post, SZA said that, “every technical difficulty that could’ve went wrong did.” She also added, “every ‘friend’ I asked to come out bailed on me.” So here’s hoping this weekend sees her prosper like she truly does – and that she actually gets to play ‘The Weekend’ instead of her set being cut short because of The Weeknd.
Brockhampton continuing to shine
One of the more outspoken, and spoken about, performances of last week was that of Brockhampton. They said Kanye West inspired their performance, and it’s not hard to see how. Besides the group’s quintessential, fearless, in-your-face style of hip-hop, there was an element of orchestral grandeur that Kanye has made himself a name for doing. The hype post-Brockhampton’s Week 1 was internet-breaking which sets them up for a stellar Week 2 and we want Beyoncé numbers out here.
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A TIDAL stream of Beyoncé’s performance for those of us playing at home
Look…it’s not ideal but with Coachella not streaming their Week 2 performances what choice do we have? Plus, it’s being reported that she’s changing things up and we’re not against another free trial if the cause is just*. ‘6 Inch’, ‘Bills Bills Bills’ and ‘Upgrade U?’ being added to the setlist? UM, YES PLEASE.
*Also, if she wants to like kick Jay-Z in the shin or something on stage – or tell him to suck on her balls – we’d be equally as here for that.
On that note, a Beyoncé album drop post-her set would be fantastic
It’s time, Bey, it’s time.
Beyoncé extending her collabs outside the family
Honestly, it’s a rarity for Beyoncé to share the stage with anyone. Not only does she not need to, but she’ll always be the star. That being said, she made sure Week 1 was a family affair with her husband, her sister and her ~soul sisters~ joining her on stage. But Beyoncé’s collaborations far outstretch the Knowles household. Where’s Kendrick Lamar? Where’s The Weeknd? Where’s Lady Gaga? We want all these and more, Bey.
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M O T O R S P O R T
Two out of three acts that rapped on ‘Motorsport’ are on the Coachella lineup, on the same day no less. Of course, it is very likely that Cardi B & Migos will be hopping on stage together for some form of collab but what would be groundbreaking is if Nicki Minaj strutted on stage to help them out with ‘Motorsport.’ Minaj recently addressed how Cardi and the Migos boys hurt her following the release of the song, so wouldn’t an onstage live collaboration be the perfect way to:
a) prove that there is no beef
b) see three of hip-hop’s biggest names on stage at once
c) well and truly break the internet.
Honestly, more Nicki Minaj in general.
I mean, she was there last week. She was in that backstage shot. But the amount of performances she made at the festival last week (zero) does not correctly reflect how much collaboration she’s had with people on the bill (more than five). Where is she during Beyoncé for ‘***Flawless (Remix)’ or ‘Feeling Myself’? Where is she during Eminem for a throwback ‘Roman’s Revenge’? At this rate, we’ll even take an onstage collaboration with French Montana for ‘Freaks.’
Finally, we just want Rihanna to… keep being Rihanna.
If there’s one thing better than watching Rihanna perform, it’s watching Rihanna watch other people perform. Donning a flask bracelet because of course she did, she was snapped living her best life in the front row for Beyoncé’s set and it’s truly magical. Queens recognise queens.
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