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FYF Fest, Day 1 Photos: Rihanna Crashes The Party
When it was announced this week that there would be a headliner switch from Frank Ocean to Kanye West on Saturday for FYF Fest, we were hoping there would be more surprises to make up for our missing R&B singer. And we did get a surprise: namely, Rihanna joining Yeezus on stage. You might even call the duo Rihzus.
West plucked out Ri-Ri from the crowd during his performance of "FourFiveSeconds" during the two-day music festival at L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park. We were also hoping for a cameo from Paul McCartney, who also worked on the track, but that didn't happen. We'll take Rihanna, though!
Wearing an oversized, hooded sweatshirt, Rihanna also joined West on stage for a performance of "All of the Lights" in his over hour-long set that was actually rather energizing and fun.
Instead of long rants like the rapper is known to have done in the past, West actually kept his monologues short, and worked on amping up the crowd. He also auto-tuned A LOT. He gave a nod to Ocean, who dropped out of the music festival over scheduling conflicts, by performing his track "No Church in the Wild," a collaboration with Jay Z, where Ocean sings the chorus. Second to Rihanna, the best part of his performance was actually the last 10 minutes of West's set, which he acknowledged was coming to an end. "I’ve got like 10 minutes and I’ve got like 10 years of hits for y’all," West said to the crowd. Then he sang and rapped short samplings of some of his most popular tracks, giving some of them just a minute in the spotlight—including "Jesus Walks," "Touch the Sky," "Gold Digger" and "Good Life," before ending with his ballad, "Only One," a track written for his daughter and late mother.
And yes, a very pregnant Kim Kardashian was there watching her husband perform as well:
As for the rest of the festival, one of the more memorable performances was from Run the Jewels—the Killer Mike and El-P rap duo. Just like at Coachella earlier this year, they brought out some special guests, including Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha, Three 6 Mafia rapper Gangsta Boo, and Blink-182's Travis Barker who played a live drum set to "All Due Respect."
We noticed that the lines to get in the festival were substantially shorter this time around than last year's FYF Fest debacle, where people had to wait in hours-long lines to get in. But then again, this two-day event didn't sell out like last year's.
There were some stellar sets from the likes of Purity Ring, The Drums, Savages and Bloc Party, but something that also stood out to us was the fashion. Forget about the one-piece rompers we're wont to see at music festivals. It's all about the '90s-style shortalls and overalls now. We saw a bunch of fest-goers wearing them—even a DJ was sporting one. We're just chalking this up to millennials, man.