By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
The first weekend of Coachella closed with a mega celebration of old school meets new school hip-hop as Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg hit the main stage together, with an unprecedented guest list. In addition to appearances from 50 Cent, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar, a Tupac Shakur hologram was live on stage. (Not the rumored Nate Dogg hologram we’d previously heard about).
Amid plenty of billowing smoke and a lively visual backdrop, the living legends performed a myriad of their combined hits, kicking things off with “The Next Episode,” and following up with tracks like “Gin and Juice,” “Nuthin’ but a ’G’ Thang” and “Deep Cover.”
Snoop performed several of his solo numbers like “I Wanna Rock” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot” as well as his rendition of House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” He resurrected the classic cut, “Ain’t No Fun,” which was complemented with a flashing montage of deceased singer Nate Dogg playing in the background. Kurupt and Warren G came onstage for the number too, making it a true Dogg Pound reunion.
“Me and my n—- Snoop Dogg have been together for 20 years!” Dre proclaimed at one point as Snoop started smoking onstage, clearly in high spirits.
A slew of guests joined the heavyweight pair including Wiz Khalifa who performed “Young, Wild & Free” and newcomer Kendrick Lamar who spit “The Recipe.” 50 Cent brought East Coast flavor into the mix with a surprise appearance, performing crowd favorites like “What Up Gangsta,” “In Da Club,” and “P.I.M.P.” Eminem brought out perhaps the biggest crowd reaction, accompanying Dre on “I Need A Doctor,” “Forgot About Dre” and at Dre’s prodding, “Till I Collapse.”
Perhaps most surprising was how deceased rapper Tupac Shakur was brought into the fray via an eerily realistic hologram. “What the f— is up Coachella!” screamed the shirtless and tattooed Tupac hologram as he performed “Hail Mary” and “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” the latter, with Snoop.
Coming full circle, Dre and Snoop finished their set solo with the bouncy “Still D.R.E.”
“Coachella we the f— out of here. I want to say thank you for the love for so many years!” Dre shouted as the pair left the stage. So many years, still going strong.