Coachella brought all the biggest names in music to the California dessert this weekend, but many artists took time to pay tribute to those who weren’t able to be there.
At his early evening set on Friday, Jaden Smith was the first to shout out Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed on March 31st. Through his autotuned mic, he said, “We just lost a legendary person, an amazing man, a legendary MC, so I want to use this time here up on stage on Coachella to just say R.I.P Nipsey Hussle. We love you,” before taking a brief moment of silence.
Anderson .Paak next gave nods to both Mac Miller, who passed in September, and Nipsey. As .Paak and his Free Nationals closed their set with the Miller collaboration “Dang” off the latter’s The Devine Feminine, he told the crowd to put “One hand in the air for my brother, I miss him so much, Mac Miller.” He added, “One hand in the air for my brother, Nipsey Hussle!”
On Saturday, Wiz Khalifa promised that “the Marathon always gonna continue, my brother,” referencing Nipsey’s 2010 mixtape and brand. He told the crowd to make some noise for the late MC before adding, “Now make some noise for a Pittsburg legend that we lost; his name is Mac Miller.”
Finally, as he closed down the festival on Saturday, Kid Cudi also paid his respect to the departed rappers. Setting up his 2009 hit “Pursuit of Happiness”, Cudi told the crowd, “This next one, I wanna dedicate this to Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle. And I want y’all to sing this shit as loud as you can. Promise me. Can I get a yeah?” The audience responded with an enthusiastic affirmation.
Find video clips of all the dedications below.
— Power 106 (@Power106LA) April 13, 2019
“The Marathon will always continue my brother.. make some noise again for Nipsey Hussle — make some noise for a Pittsburg legend that we lost, his name is Mac Miller”. #Coachella #WizKhalifa #NipseyHussle #MacMiller pic.twitter.com/no7UZD0pqp
— Grecia S. Lopez (@grecialopez_LA) April 14, 2019
Childish Gambino also took a moment to mention Miller and Nipsey during a speech amid his incredible headlining set on Friday. While it wasn’t as direct a dedication as the other performers, it was powerful moment in which he encouraged the audience to “while we’re here, feel something, and pass it on.” Check video of the emotional scene below.
Childish Gambino breaks down a little talking about Nipsey Hussle, Mac Miller, & his late father 🥺😢🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/gxQW99wA7y
— Party at the Rooftop (@AtRooftop) April 13, 2019
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