The future is feminine.
More than a simple slogan of the nefarious campaign of Hillary Clinton for the Presidency, this simple but profound mantra would seem to be Coachella's philosophy for 2018 – at least with respect to hip-hop. No less than five rapper women honored four different stages on Sunday at the packed festival, including the electrifying and terrifyingly busy Cardi B set on the main stage.
Dej Loaf, Kamaiyah, Noname and Princess Nokia were all new additions to the 2018 lineup, performing for the first time among enthusiastic crowds, each representing a different but equally fascinating approach to hip-hop. From the direct delivery of Dej to Nokia's fiery New York trap, each of them brought an element of feminine energy and diversity to their scenarios, demonstrating that women in hip-hop do not just have a place in one of the most important festivals. great in the world. United States, but that could be what keeps the show fresh in the next decade of its existence.
These female rappers, and to a certain extent, Beyonce and SZA, who strongly incorporate hip-attitude, themes, slang and store imagery, both in their music and in their live performances – they are the next wave of rap in Coachella and other festivals, attracting a different audience than would normally attract the heavy EDM festival. More than that, however, they showed great appeal; despite the fact that their music clearly deals with central themes in their respective demographic characteristics, you could see fans of all backgrounds turning to songs that apparently were not for them, but apparently still enjoyed as well as the groups that are specifically served.
It is not necessary to be a queer, Boricua, witchcraft from New York City to get to Princess Nokia. The crowd in the Sonora store certainly was not, encompassing the gamut, from white girls in Orange County to Los Angeles singer Ty Dolla Sign, whom I noticed relaxing near the outskirts of the crowd. Nokia, impetuous and confident, went from strutting on the stage to jump up and down with all the energy of the front row attendees excited about twerking next to her 1992 singles "Tomboy" and "Kitana" without Missing one in a single step, proving to be equally adept at braggadocio, New York-style swagger as enthusiasts, party shows at home.