Coachella 2015: Azealia Banks, Ab-Soul and Lil’ B Were The Underdogs Of Day 1

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VIBE’s first 24 hours (Apr. 10) at Coachella 2015 was a doozy. We arrived on the festival grounds bright & early to catch Vic Mensa kicks things off for the rap heads. And of course, Rae & Ghost were amazing, but the underdogs also represented the right way for hip-hop.

Azealia Banks made her triumphant return since first performing at Coachella in 2012. With a new album and Playboy cover under her belt, the Harlem rapper made sure fans didn’t forget her live show was still A-1. In flowy white blouse and Daisy Dukes, Banks didn’t miss a rhyme as she floored through cuts like “Heavy Metal and Reflective,” “Chasing Time,” “Ice Princess” and the closer “212.”

Ab-Soul was the lone Top Dawg at the festival this year. He took to the shaded Gobi stage around 3:00 PM on Friday and warmed up the crowd with string of TDE hits — including a couple trips to Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly. Soulo was turning up with crowd with his crowd pleser, “Twact” — but brought the fans back down to a less ignorant level as he played Karaoke with K.Dot’s, “i.”

Lil B tried to keep the Based movement going strong this year. While donning a sequined, tight and admittedly questionable sheer shirt in the blazing sun, the self-appointed Based God shared positive words to the crowd before riling them up again with the usual I-f*****d-your-bitch paeans. Whether the audience was rocking with him the whole set or not, nothing could stop him from flashing those glimmering gold grills we know so well and basking in his return to the Coachella stage.

Photo Credit: Stacy-Ann Ellis

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