Coachella Weekend 2 Day 2: More Prince Dedications & a Surprise Appearance by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar and SZA
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Kendrick Lamar and SZA perform onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2016 in Indio, Calif. 

Though the impact of Prince's death is still reverberating through the music industry, it seemed as if the legendary musician's passing wasn't quite as prevalent in the feel of the second day of the second weekend of this year's Coachella music festival; unlike Friday's fest, where tons of artists across the spectrum covered various Prince songs, Saturday's edition featured only a couple of artists actually playing hits by the artist (including british livetronica duo Disclosure teasing a bit of "Purple Rain"), with most -- ranging from new chanteuse Zella Day to metal reunitors Guns N' Roses -- acknowledging his impact while dedicating their own work to the artist. During the GNR set, Duff McKagan even displayed the Prince Glyph on his bass

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That's not to say there wasn't anything interesting or different on the field from week one, most notably Ice Cube's star-laden set. During weekend 1, he promised an N.W.A. reunion, but it was only during his Weekend 2 set that he actually fully delivered: after playing "Straight Outta Compton" and "Fuck the Police" with bandmates MC Ren and DJ Yella (and a snippet of "Boyz in the Hood" with Eazy-E's son, Young E,) Cube fully-formed the reunion to rabid applause by bringing up Dr. Dre. Since Dre never rapped on N.W.A.'s original output, though, acting soley as producer, the group laid into a newer classi: "Still D.R.E.", with the audience loudly rapping along every word. They followed it with "California Love," obviously eaten up as well.

Though he also had presented a guest spot from The Game early in the set, Cube wasn't done: towards the end of the set, rapper Kendrick Lamar was visible on the big screens, and soon was onstage, confidently rapping two songs, including the hit "Alright" (earlier in the day, the rapper also sat in with soul diva SZA). Given Lamar's pedigree and popularity, it would not be surprising to see him in the headliner slot himself in the next couple of years. 

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In that slot this year, though, was the reunited Guns N' Roses, who didn't break out of their Weekend 1 box much: their strong-but-overlong set didn't include guest Angus Young as it did on the first weekend, but instead fans got an extended encore, which included songs not played on the first weekend including "Don't Cry" and a cover of the Who's "The Seeker."

Run the Jewels' afternoon set also included a slew of cameos, with guest sit-ins from drummer Travis Barker, DJ Shadow, singer/Beyonce collaborator Boots, the Big Boi/Phantogram project Big Grams, guitarist Gary Clark Jr., and Rage Against the Machine frontman Zach De La Rocha, in an almost variety show-esque main stage set.  

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