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Coachella 2014: Pharrell Taps Jay Z, T.I. Usher for Another Guest-Filled Set

Jay Z, Pharell at Coachella 2014
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Jay Z and Pharrell Williiams perform onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 19, 2014 in Indio, California

Following his set at last week's Coachella Festival, fans wondered if Pharrell Williams could possibly have any more surprises up his sleeve. After all, his hour on April 12 included sit ins from Gwen Stefani (“Hollaback Girl”), Nelly (“Hot in Herre”), and Snoop Dogg (“Drop It Like It's Hot”); anyone else would either have called in all of their favors or have the same ones returned in their second week.

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Though Pharrell didn't “take it all the way back” as he promised (that would have meant breaking out the Wreckx-N-Effects classic “Rumpshaker”), the hitmaker parade was just a reminder of the scope of his work. Pharrell's sets both weekends were packed with huge songs (including his collab with Daft Punk, “Get Lucky,” and his current megasmash, “Happy”), and didn't even touch all of the corners of his catalog; his work with Justin Timberlake, for instance, went wholly unrecognized, as did his collaborations with Azaelia Banks, and, even much of his current solo record, “Girl.” It didn't matter one bit: this was a variety show of the highest degree, with the best MC the Coachella masses could hope for.

With temperate weather and overall high spirits, the rest of the day could also count many highlights. Muse brought out the big guns production wise, with guitarist Matt Bellamy and bassist Christopher Wolstenholme riding cages on the ends of massive cranes into the audience during “Uprising,” a stunt they couldn't pull off the first week due to weahter. MGMT and Kid Cudi traded guest spots during each other's sets, with Cudi breaking out dance moves to “Electric Feel,” and the psych-rockers playing through Cudi's “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Nas's 20th anniversary performance of “Illmatic” also ended up a run through of new guests, with Damian Marley and Lauryn Hill helping pay homage to the classic album.