As the sun set on the Indio Valley for Day 2 of the Coachella Music Festival on Saturday (April 15), Future came alive in the nighttime.
Rap’s melody connoisseur and drug-laden wordsmith came fully prepared for his Coachella debut with a live band, keeping the energy a 100 emoji while showing the breadth of his catalog. Alongside Ty Dolla $ign, the Atlanta MC launched his set at 7:31 p.m. PT with “Blasé” before hitting his turn-up anthems “New Level” (the A$AP Ferg-hosted cut), “Same Damn Time” and “Sh-t.”
The three-screen Jumbotron featured an assortment of visuals which included scantily clad women shaking their bottoms, distorted images of Future and a Sprite bottle or the Freebandz crew as well as vicious dog bites. While his frequent tour mate DJ Esco tried to pit a battle of the littest between both sides of the audience, the real winner was any member of the Future Hive.
Future’s performance was equal parts screwed-face soundtrack (“Stick Talk,” “I Thought It Was a Drought” and “Where Ya At”) and sing along (“Fresh Air” and “Incredible”). After cementing his own piece of history with back-to-back Billboard 200 No. 1 albums Future and HNDRXX earlier this year, the rapper knows how to cater to different tastes and demographics in his fan base without alienating his creative process.
Luckily for Coachella-goers, he’s also not selfish with the spotlight. Migos invaded the Coachella stage for performances of Culture cuts “T-Shirt” and “Bad and Boujee.” To preface Drake’s cameo, Future told the crowd, “We gotta turn this shit all the way up. I want everybody jumpin’ — that’s my goal tonight.” The 6 God then took over for abbreviated renditions of “Jumpman” and “Gyalchester.” The More Life MC also made a special request before exiting: “Can we just have a real Coachella moment and sing one song together?” He then conducted a chorus class-style performance of “Fake Love.”
?There were tender moments in the set, like Future performing the vulnerable number “My Collection” and The Weeknd-assisted “Coming Out Strong.” His parting gift, though, was the hit that launched a thousand challenge videos, “Mask Off,” which boasts the street commandments “Chase a check/ Never chase a b-tch.” (A flute player — responsible for the Southside and Metro Boomin’ beat’s distinct woodwind sound — also emerged on stage.) Though unfiltered and direct in delivery, his latest releases show that Future continues to even outdo himself.