Coachella is back with a bang. During day one of the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday (April 13), the already stacked lineup of performers got assistance onstage from some of the biggest artists in the game, and fans were definitely not disappointed.
While the surprise appearances were aplenty, all your favorite hip-hop stars on the bill gave their all during their solo sets. Other highlights include an emotional performance by The Weeknd, who performed his new project, My Dear Melancholy, for the first time, and choked up during his performance of “Call Out My Name.”
With day one all wrapped up, check out the shows XXL got a chance to see at 2018 Coachella below as well and videos of the best sets.
In one of the biggest moments of the day, SZA made sure to shout out the entirety of her TDE family before bringing out Kung Fu Kenny to perform “All the Stars,” their hit song off the Black Panther soundtrack, and “Doves in the Wind,” a crowd favorite from her recent album, CTRL.
After headlining Coachella last year, it’s nice to see Kendrick showing out for his fellow musicians this time around.
In an unanticipated twist, Trippie Redd came onstage with SZA to perform hishit song “Dark Knight Dummo” sans Travis Scott. During the performance, Trippie and SZA jumped on a trampoline in front of the hyped crowd.
It’s no surprise SZA is a fan of the high-energy track, which has skyrocketed Trippie into the public eye in the last year.
One of the first hip-hop performances of the day was by former XXL Freshman Kyle, who showed off his signature upbeat personality during his afternoon performance and brought out Chance The Rapper to perform their song “Remember Me.” Then Chance helped out Kyle to perform his hit song “iSpy” to close out the set.
Afterwards, Kyle took crowd surfing to a new level when he stood atop an actual surfboard and rode through the crowd.
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While performing on a creative stage with dozens of different monitors, Vince Staples surprised an electrified crowd with the Kendrick Lamar to perform their song “Yeah Right.”
Before getting into “Lift Me Up,” Vince remarked on the fact that he was performing on the festival’s main stage. “This is the White people stage, and my skinny Black ass up here,” Vince quipped.
During The Weeknd‘s emotional hour-and-a-half long set, he performed the majority of his new project My Dear Melancholy, and sang a pared-down version of the standout track “Call Out My Name,” and appeared to shed a few tears towards the end. The song is rumored to be about his breakup with singer Selena Gomez. His performance of “Privilege” also saw him with glassy eyes as if he was fighting back tears.
Abel ended the show on an electrifying note with a pyrotechnic-filled rendition of “The Hills,” which has gone nine times platinum since its release in 2015.