Jay-Z gave the rock-heavy 2010 Coachella festival a dose of hip-hop on Friday night (April 16), as part of his headlining duties of the three-day event.
There was a rumor that the rapper would bring out Dr. Dre for a performance of their highly anticipated Detox collabo, “Under Presssure,” but it turned out to be just rumors.
Jay still put on a show though. Late into the evening, his Blueprint 3 logo flashed on the main stage’s video screens and before long, the rapper emerged from under the stage, and delivered countless tracks from his classic catalog … lasting for more than an hour.
As diamond hand signs filled the air, Jay-Z ran through songs like “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Hard Knock Life,” “I Just Wanna Love You (Give It To Me),” “Empire State of Mind”, and the remix to Snoop Dogg’s “I Wanna Rock” — without his collaborators of course. Jay was onstage solo throughout, except for his longtime hypeman Memphis Bleek.
However, when he neared the end of his set, Jay brought out his wife Beyonce to sub for Mr. Hudson on “Young Forever”.
“I just want ya’ll to do one thing for me. I want ya’ll to always feel like this and always stay forever young for me one time tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to introduce ya’ll to somebody who is super duper special. I’m not even gonna say her name, I’m gonna let it speak for itself,” Jay-Z told the crowd before Beyonce emerged onstage to launch off the tune that even included fireworks.
Jay then began to wrap things up with “99 Problems”, before ending with the appropriately-titled “Encore”
“I know we gotta get of here, but I just don’t want to leave tonight,” Jay said before shouting out the other bands on the bill.
Saturday night’s headliners include Muse and Faith No More, while the Gorillaz close out Coachella on Sunday evening alongside Pavement and De La Soul.
For more info, visit Coachella.com.