One day, after Pharrell Williams had to cancel the first day of his first "Something in the Water" music festival in his hometown of Virginia Beach, the rapper-producer was content with his fans' fans on Saturday night, including his greatest comrades Jay-Z, Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Miss Elliott, Timbaland, Charlie Wilson and Tyler, the creators.
The 90-minute phrase, which was simply referred to as "Pharrell and Friends," found Williams in all aspects of his 27-year career, which he paired with Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Kendrick Lamar's "Alright "and" Move That Dope "opened by Future, before he introduced Snoop Dogg for" Drop It Like It Hot ". Who am I? (What is my name?) ", Before he requested Wilson for the 2002 hit" Beautiful "(2002) of the trio.
Pharrell was as relaxed a circus director as a rapper who brought the overpowering energy of his more overweening associates to compensate for his eternal rest. "I'm so proud of you," he said to Tyler, the creator, before the Odd Future rappers played the darkest song of the night with 201
When Williams "Debin", his debut solo single, began soon after, the crowd knew what to expect. Jay-Z was perhaps the festival's worst kept secret when rumors surfaced and caught on in the days leading up to the festival. At 49, however, the gravitas of a Jay cameo outweighed the surprise. The rapper receives one of the biggest applause of the night. He stayed for "Public Service Announcement" (who cares if Just Blaze has produced it? The simmering beat-drop destroys all live viewers) and intoxicating versions of "Izzo (HOVA)", "Excuse Me Miss" and "I Just. " Want to Love U (Give It 2 Me). "
A NERD followed by a mini-set, each group delivering one song from each album (apart from 2010 Nothing ) , "All Noses (all girls standing in line for the bathroom)", the 2008 lead to Seeing Sounds gave the way "Fly or Die" from "She Wants to Move ". "That song was made in Virginia Beach," Williams told the crowd of the latter song, a feeling he would repeat all night long. "Lapdance", the first single of their debut album In Search Of …. followed before ending with a Rihanna-free "Lemon" from last year No One Everly Diesly. (Side note for organizers when next year comes back: If NERD wants to go through their debut album front to back, we would not be crazy.)
Something in the water is Williams' love letter to his hometown and his State as well as a festival and a community organizing event. (So how many rappers would like to thank the city council at the end of their set?) It was encouraging to see rapper Norfolk-rapper and Pharrell-Protégé Fam-Lay release their criminally underrated song "Rock n Roll" (whose video, by the way, offers Williams made the best use of a weirdly oversized cereal bowl for local audiences, with sound problems dampening the heightened arrival of Timbaland, who played almost a whole song with a cracked microphone, and an unaccustomed touch of absurdism flooded the show as the Virginia producer silently pounded a bemused crowd who was on the stage and gesticulating his arms although no one heard him.
But if Williams could survive a third of his festival, it was raining and he survived, and when Missy Elliott came out to see exciting versions of "Get Ur Freak On "," WTF (Where did they come from?) "And" Lose Control "were all performed, Elliott and Timba Land, both natives of Virginia, stayed close to the festival, even though the Friday sets were canceled due to the weather. "That's huge for V.A.," Elliott told the crowd. [Pharrell] made sure he did whatever he had to do to make sure we were all here today. "
Diddy was supposed to be performing even though his appearance was still one of the night's biggest ovations. The Bad Boy Mogul opened his mini-set of "Finna Get Loose", his collaboration with Williams in 2015, before dealing with "Mo Money Mo Problems", "It's Just The Benjamins" and 2002 "I Need Girl "(19659002)] Diddy is still one of the most charismatic performers in rap and dances almost frenetically across the stage. More importantly, he did not shy away from Greekfest, a 1989 Labor Day college weekend where African American students had to face police and the Virginia National Guard. This is still one of the darkest moments in the city. "Two decades later, black tourists still shy away from Virginia Beach," wrote the 2009 Virginia Pilot . "It's only recently that the city has had success in black-oriented conventions."
get nervous and shut off everything, "Diddy told the crowd. "And then Pharrell came and brought everything up again."
Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star were next with "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" and "Pass the Courvoisier," two songs written in 100's Still going on to become a spectator before Williams presented his last guest on stage as a Usher Dance Walk, the R & B singer spoiled the audience with "U do not have to call" "Lovers and Friends" and "Yeah!", Before Pharrell the whirlwind set with three of his greatest hits finished: a solo "blurred lines" (Robin Thicke obviously did) Not qualify for the "and friends" section of the evening, "Get Lucky" and "Happy."
Visibly visible at the end of the set Gratefully, Williams called out the police, the fire department, and the Mayor of Virginia Beach, Bobby Dyer, many of whom may not have even been born when the Greek feast took place, but one Certain city officials and locals undoubtedly have long memories. What they saw instead were tens of thousands of people celebrating the music peacefully and happily, a local celebrity superstar, and a city that wanted to move forward.
The festival will end Sunday with the performances of Anderson. Chris Brown, Teddy Riley and Pusha T.