Pharrell may have been the best all-around talent to be featured on the bill for Coachella 2014, and if that wasn’t obvious before Saturday’s performance on the outdoor stage, it became quite clear then when he brought out a star studded shuffle of A-listers like Jay-Z, Usher and T.I. (as well as Busta Rhymes, Pusha T and the Jabbawockees).
The talented producer and performer bellowed through an impressive set that covered all bases, also proving that it is possible to cut a perfect falsetto while dust is flying all around you.
Rapper T.I. came in for help on Pharrell’s smash hit “Blurred Lines” while Busta Rhymes contributed to an awesome live rendition of their hit “Pass the Courvoisier Pt. 2” later in the evening. Rapper Pusha T contributed the first verse on the Clipse song “Grindin'”. The crowd was in total shock when Usher came out to do “U Don’t Have to Call” whereas Jay-Z spent about four total songs on stage, including rapping “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)”, another song that had Pharrell’s falsetto sounding extra crisp.
Pharrell closed the evening with “Happy”, and by this point all eyes were on the outdoor stage and the singer. Though it was an awesome rendition, the set ended sort of abruptly as soon as the song was over.
Words: Mark E. Ortega