Coming off a number one song on the Billboard pop charts with “Me, Myself & I,” a collaboration with vocalist Bebe Rexha, everything seemed in place for Bay Area rapper G-Eazy to have a breakout performance night one of Coachella. Always a charismatic live performer with an abundance of energy and swagger, G-Eazy took the stage in an absolutely packed Sahara tent (no surprise there following dance icons Underworld). The always eager to party Sahara throng was so intense Billboard dance editor Matt Medved tweeted, “I feel like I’m standing in front of the most lit crowd in the universe.”
G-Eazy was up to match the energy of the lit audience, bringing out Rexha to a huge pop for “Me, Myself & I,” fellow Bay Area rapper P-Lo, and even his mom for her sixtieth birthday. He had the whole crowd waving their hands and singing along to “You Got Me” and its refrain of “Bitch, you got me fucked up.”
His aggressive beats might have seemed an unusual choice for the Sahara Tent, but the crowd embraced them for his full 50 minutes, pumping their arms nonstop to the hardcore sounds. And he worked the audience masterfully, moving back and forth along the massive stage, working them into a fevered pitch as they bounced with the rhythms.
On a somewhat lackluster day one of the festival G-Eazy was the right artist at the right time to make a statement he was ready to move to the next level. At least he made a big statement he was taking that opportunity to show “Me, Myself & I” was just the first step in his ascent up the hip-hop ladder.