The final day of this year’s Coachella festival ended with both a bang and a whimper. The former came from the fireworks that marked the end of the massive two-weekend event. And the whimper? Blame headliner Drake, who -- despite rumors of sit-ins from just about every performer known to man and acknowledgement from his camp that his first-week set was nearly universally seen as disappointing, with-or-without the awkward Madonna appearance -- underwhelmed in every way possible, making very apparent that the Toronto rapper and singer is not yet ready for a stage this big.
Just as last week, Drizzy was mostly-alone on stage, save for an extremely brief, awkward appearance from Nicki Minaj, who for a short second looked like she was going to break up the tedium, only to be introduced, give Drake a hug, have him say a few sentences about how he had a crush on her...and then send her on her way, without even a mic-check “hello.” A mid-set slowdown brought the already-slagging proceedings to a near-halt; by the time he reprised the opening song, “Legend,” to close the show, what originally felt charming was now just plain disappointing.