|GZA destroying bros with his lyrics at the Heineken House|
It all started with Diddy's cameo with Guy Gerber at the Yuma Tent about an hour before sundown. Okay, we know, the two have that 11:11 album together, so it's not that strange that the Ciroc magnate would show up. But for Diddy to humble himself enough to pop up on a small stage like the Yuma was nice to see, even if you secretly want him to stay the hell away from EDM.
But that was just the beginning…
Our Nancy Drew suspicions were right on the money. We're sure those who stayed until the wee hours to see Nas perform cuts from seminal album Illmatic were quite popular on social media with all their Hova hash-tagging.
And Pharrell. Fucking Pharrell. Whom did he NOT bring on stage with him on Saturday? Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Tyler the Creator, Diplo, Diddy, Gwen Stefani … at one point we were pretty sure he might have Prince stashed underneath his big brown Arby's hat.
Most press folks got the notification he was headlining the new indoor lounge area about 15 minutes before he took the stage. Hardly anybody had a clue he'd be following L.A. beat-scene royalty Gas Lamp Killer and Thundercat, who gave some rad performances on their own. But there he was, The Genius – killing it Shoalin style for a 30-minute set that drew heavily from Liquid Swords.
And, of course, he had to go ahead and drop a few verses of “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” an obligatory ode to Ol' Dirty Bastard that felt just right.
“Who is this? I just came in here to get a Heineken?” we heard one guy say. “Is this the Gizzle?” Yeah dude, the Gizzle. Go back to drinking your $9 beer now, please.