YG dedicated Coachella set to Nipsey Hussle, brought out 2 Chainz & Big Sean, confirmed LP release date
With [Nipsey] Hussle’s funeral and memorials just hours old, YG had the weight of performing at one of the biggest shows of his life with one of his best friends in the ground.
There was no way around that, and YG turned his “Bochella” (in Blood gang slang) into both an ad hoc memorial and a fiery statement of purpose that L.A.’s hip-hop will survive this loss and build off it.
“I’ve been trying to do Coachella for years. Nipsey and I used to talk about doing Coachella,” YG said. The pain of doing this alone was palpable to those in attendance, but YG took that turmoil and used it to play one of the fest’s finest rap sets to date.
He never once dialed back on provocation.
For “FDT,” one of his defining hits with Hussle, YG brought out a Donald Trump impersonator to needle the crowd then lambasted him with one of his definitive and anthemically defiant singles. [LA Times]
“We lost one of the greats. A legend. Black Jesus — yeah, I said it,” YG said at his Coachella set on Sunday (4/14). As we guesed/hoped, YG dedicated his set to Nipsey Hussle and took the opportunity to debut a song off his new album and confirm the release date (which was delayed due to Nipsey’s death). The new song was called “Stop Snitchin” and YG played it with 6ix9ine’s mug shot on screen), and the album will be out on May 3. He brought out Tyga and played their Nipsey collab “Bitches Ain’t Shit,” and he also brought out DJ Mustard, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean for “Big Bank.” YG also did his verses from Cardi B’s “She Bad,” Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” the remix of Blueface’s “Thotiana,” and more. Videos and setlist of YG’s set below.
Ariana Grande also paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle (and Mac Miller) during her headlining set on Sunday. If you missed it, check out Coachella Friday pics, Coachella Saturday pics, video of Aphex Twin’s set, and video of Cardi B’s surprise appearance. Stay tuned for Sunday pictures.
YG calls Nipsey Hussle Black Jesus on stage at Coachella pic.twitter.com/N2bGnrHbD9
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YG at Coachella 2019 Setlist (via)
I Just Wanna Party
Twist My Fingaz
Stop Snitchin’ (unreleased, live debut from his upcoming album)
Toot It and Boot It
Bitches Ain’t Shit (with Tyga)
Taste (Tyga song) (with Tyga)
She Bad (Cardi B song)
Get Low (Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz cover)
Don’t Tell ‘Em (Jeremih song)
Who Do You Love
Thotiana (Remix) (Blueface song)
Big Bank (with 2 Chainz, Big Sean & DJ Mustard)
photo by Sam Balaban, courtesy of Coachella