Kanye West crashed A$AP Rocky’s set at Coachella and performed ‘Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1′ from ‘The Life of Pablo.’ You can see the video and the photos here as, true to form, for the second year in a row, making it a tradition, the hip-hop icon has crashed a set.
While the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California gets more and more extravagant — and yes, commercialized — it’s still known for the diverse mix of artists and the surprises that can ensue.
It’s gotten to the point now that a non-appearance by Kanye West would be the surprise. Last year, he crashed the set of another artist, The Weeknd and at the time, as Rolling Stone reported, he performed several songs — in fact, his own mini-set; “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” “I Don’t Like,” “Black Skinhead” and “All Day.”
This time around, it was A$AS Rocky. While on stage at the Outdoor Theatre, the L.A. Times reports that he gave his fellow rapper a galvanizing introduction, calling him “a legend,” and that the audience greeted him with enthusiasm. The set would have been longer, but, as seen below, both rapers had their mics cut as they had run over the time allotment.
“Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1″ is among the songs from Kanye West’s latest album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ also known as ‘T.L.O.P.. Even by his standards had a rather unusual roll out, first premiered at what we can safely call the mother of all listening parties at Madison Square Garden, a star-studded event that doubled as a fashion show for his Yeezy Season 3 collection. Now after numerous delays it’s available everywhere after its initial premiere on Jay Z’s TIDAL music service.
The album has another song that’s proven controversial, ‘Famous,’ for its lyrics which make an unflattering reference to Taylor Swift who, for her part, took the high road in a message of empowerment and not letting others define you.
But for those who thought that was it for Kanye West set-crashing moments, there was yet another, as SPIN reports. He also crashed the performance of the duo Skrillex and Diplo collectively known as Jack Ü. He performed his classic, ‘Power.’
It’s been a few years since Kanye West has had a headlining show at Coachella — not since 2011. But in recent months, he has made some notable appearances elsewhere. Not least, on Saturday Night Live, where also performed songs from the new album, alongside his guest artists including gospel singer Kirk Franklin and Chance the Rapper.
But, as noted, true to form, he returned to a familiar venue on opening night and you can see video and photos of Kanye West crashing the set of A$AP Rockey at Coachella below.