Performances You Need to See This Weekend at Coachella 2018
The best of R&B and Hip-Hop.
Coachella has made it’s way back to Indio, California this weekend (April 13th-15th). The Music & Arts Festival was announced back in January with with The Weeknd, Beyoncé and Eminem confirmed as headliners. Consequence Of Sound reported that for the first time in the festival’s history, a rock band would not appear at the top of the bill, a troubling sign for the genre.
The Empire Polo Club’s Indie Rock Festival was speculated to have three headliners that were more popular for what they weren’t. Abel, Queen Bee, and Em’ prove that the mass appeal of Hip-Hop and R&B has grown tremendously within popular music. The Weeknd returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated April 14) for a 15th total week on top. Beyoncé’s Lemonade has become the diva’s sixth million-selling album, as the set sold another 56,000 copies in the week ending June 2, according to Nielsen Music. Eminem earned his eighth consecutive No. 1 debut with Revival selling 267,000 equivalent album units during its initial week of release with 197,000 units as traditional album sales.
Although, Coachella does not necessarily only have Hip-Hop and R&B acts, or relying heavily on its indie rock performers anymore, it goes to show that genres are prevailing within the mainstream and dominating festival bills. Here are some performances you need to go watch besides the megastars capping the night off at Indio’s own.
April 13, 2018
Uchis is one of several Latin music acts on the bill at this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, along with Los Ángeles Azules, the long-running cumbia group from Mexico, and Hawthorne’s Cuco. Just a few days ago, the Colombian singer opened her concert Tuesday night at downtown’s Novo club showing the range of her new album Isolation. Yet just as important as Uchis’ performance skills were, it was important that her fans could hang with the changes she was throwing at them.
Vince Staples is no stranger to the Music & Arts Festival, the Long Beach rapper has previously rocked the stage with a performance of “Blue Suede” in 2016. Built around a squealing synth that sounds like something Eazy-E or Ice Cube might’ve rapped over in their heyday, the performance incapsulates the raw and uncut powerhouse that Staples is. It’s kind of hard to think about why anyone would complain about the lack of energy at his shows and contribute to the GoFund Me Page to retire the rapper.
SZA has had arguably one of the best R&B albums of 2017. CTRL passed 1 million sales and has been certified platinum with Love Galore featuring Travi$ Scott and “The Weekend” as double-Platinum records, while “Broken Clocks” and “Garden (Say It Like Dat)” becoming Gold. However, besides the accolades, SZA has truly proved to be successful because of her ability to connect with her audience. The First Lady of TDE keeps you singing along to every word whether you’re a girl or guy (admit it).
BROCKHAMPTON has recently signed with RCA Records. After independently releasing their three breakout Saturation albums in 2017, as well as 2016’s All-American Trash, the group has finally decided to finally partner with a major label. However before that, the whole boy band was on stage at Afropunk Festival together and the sight of Merlyn flying through the air into the crowd, the energy was reminiscent of early Odd Future festival appearances. Kevin Abstract had taken a moment to mention the influence a few days before the show, tweeting: “Shoutout to odd future they came before us and I went to every single fucking show those guys were my heroes thanks for paving the way.”
Speaking of Odd Future, Tyler, the Creator is also taking the Coachella stage just literally minutes before BROCKHAMPTON. The Flower Boy came a long way from raunchy hip-hop and controversial music videos, to putting on a 2 day music festival at Camp Flog Gnaw last year that celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of artists Tyler has always had an ear for. His last project, incorporates an eclectic sound pallet that showcases the his true musical ability, and you can definitely tell in the video.
Beerbongs and Bentley’s is upon us as Post Malone anticipates to drop his sophomore EP on April 27th. So far we have seen Rockstar featuring 21 Savage climb to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts (dated Oct. 28) and Psycho featuring Ty Dolla $ign, debuting at No. 2 on the chart dated March 10. However, I feel like those two singles haven’t came close to his performance at Bud Light Dive Bar Tour where he debuted his new single Stay with an acoustic version that saw the artist in his natural habitat.
Last year, the Flatbush Zombies performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee previewing this unreleased song. Unfortunately, it didn’t make the final cut in the trio’s latest LP Vacation in Hell , but let’s just say that the album has enough high energy and production to keep the crowd going. If you’ve had the chance to listen to their new project, the Flatbush Zombies are definitely about to make their mark in hip-hop music with this release.
6lack, pronounced Black to (clarify once again), has been making moves in the festival scene for a while now. The PRBLMS crooner has performed at Lollapalooza, Osheaga, FYF, & Panorama last year and continues to dominate the bills for many upcoming shows this year as well. 6lack commands attention because of the dark mystique that naturally attracts a large audience.
Jorja Smith’s beauty and elegance is something nobody can miss off of first glance and I think that is why she resonates with fans so much. The 20-year-old British singer has the ability to grace the crowd with an angelic voice that transcends the soundscapes of R&B.