The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival just keeps getting better and better. In 2010, the first year that the festival introduced main stream hip-hop, Jay-Z brought out Beyonce. In 2011, Kanye West rocked the stage with a dozen ballerinas. In 2012, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg resurrected Tupac from the dead!
The west coast rap legends killed Coachella’s final night Sunday with a roster of guests way beyond what even the rumors could have predicted. Backed by a live band and artsy video screens, no less than Eminem, 50 Cent, Warren G and a hologram of Tupac graced the stage.
As if that wasn’t enough, Wiz Khalifa also joined the West Coast hip-hop legends for the anthem of the weekend, “Young, Wild and Free,” which had the crowd singing the chorus in unison: “So what we get drunk/ So what we smoke weed/ We’re just having fun/ We don’t care who sees/ So what we go out/ That’s how it’s supposed to be/ Living young and wild and free.”
Kendrick Lamar — who performed an afternoon set on the main stage Friday — also joined the pair for “The Recipe,” his new joint featuring Dre, who introduced him as “straight outta Compton.”
After their own “The Next Episode” and “Deep Cover (187 on an Undercover Cop),” Dre and Snoop covered House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” The hardest moment of the night came when 50 Cent stormed the stage for “What Up Gangsta” with Tony Yayo by his side, segueing into “P.I.M.P.” with tropical calypso steel drums and his 2003 breakthrough hit, “In Da Club.”
Snoop paid homage to his late homeboy Nate Dogg, performing “Ain’t No Fun” alongside Kurupt and Warren G as the screens displayed photos of Nate, Snoop and the rest of The Dogg Pound.
The appearance of the late Tupac in very realistic hologram form, which was amazing to some and creepy to others, brought “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.”
Eminem even came out for “I Need a Doctor,” a dubstep-flavored “Forgot About Dre” and “Till I Collapse.”
Capping their historic set with “What’s My Name?” and “Still D.R.E.,” Dre and Snoop disappeared below the stage with the Good Doctor proclaiming to the adoring audience, “I wanna say thank you for the love for so many years.”
The only thing that would’ve shocked fans more than Tupac walking around on stage shouting out Coachella, would’ve been a NWA reunion with a hologram of Eazy-E…or even 50 Cent and Compton bred former G-Unit rapper The Game reuniting on stage. There’s always weekend 2. Dre….Snoop…hook that up!
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