2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 - Day 1

How One Mic Ruined A$AP Rocky & Kanye West's Grand Coachella Moment

A$AP Rocky did all he could to give the fans a magical moment. 

A$AP Rocky is an artist for the people in every sense of the phrase. With his music, he has been one of the most dominant New York rap stars to emerge in the last 6 years.

If Pretty Flacko's records didn't grab fans right away, than it was his fashion game, sense of style and "I don't give a f*ck" attitude. These attributes gained him herds of young adorers from every point in the world. Rocky's influence is felt both by hip-hop fans in the Bronx and the high fashion circles in Paris.

When he does something, the A$AP Mob leader wants the world to feel his presence. So it would be no shock that Jodye wanted his 2016 Coachella performance to end with the unexpected. Being that Rocky has conquered the Coachella stage numerous times, he knew he needed to bring something extra this year. He first landed on the prestigious bill in 2012.

However, Friday, Apr. 15 was meant to be one of the most talked about in his festival performance history. And, mind you, in the eyes of his fans and admirers he still won, but Flacko's last minute surprise-guest-magic-trick was a bittersweet one to all those standing in the audience.

As Kanye West's "Stretch My Hands Pt.1" beat hit the speakers and Yeezy ran onstage, we could only hear the instrumental playing -- along with a random ad-lib here and there. Imagine being dead in the middle of thousands of fans looking confused as Kanye is pouring his everything into his verse -- and we can't hear a damn thing from him. The two minutes or so of the performances dragged on and on. The seconds literally stretched into minutes for all of us there. With every passing second, we collectively thought 'they'll fix this. His mic is about to come on!'

Quickly, we realized it wasn't happening, and we were just witnessing a man feverishly yelling into a non-working microphone. Talk about a buzzkill and ball of confusion wrapped into one big ball of suck. Maybe it was simply a technical error -- the winds were blowing at dangerously high speeds in the Indio desert -- Rocky even made a statement about how his set was nearly shut down due to the weather. Maybe there was some evil doing backstage... maybe the festival gods weren't happy ... but we'll save the conspiracy theories for another day.

Hopefully, day two of Coachella 2016 pans out better for us... because we'll be there.

Still can't believe we could only hear the instrumental when Rocky brought out Kanye last night

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