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Was Drake the worst headliner in Coachella history?

on April 20, 2015, 5:07pm

Photo by Philip Cosores

Drake’s Coachella debut featured high-profile cameos from Madonna and Nicki Minaj, and also indirectly led to Justin Bieber getting put in a stranglehold. But the reviews of Drake’s own performance have been anything but kind, and that’s including the rapper’s own personal opinion.

Truncated versions of songs and an awkward cameo from Madonna led Philip Cosores to call Drake’s weekend one headlining performance “a missed opportunity to turn in something truly special,” and Drake is inclined to agree. In a post-weekend one profile posted to Four Pins, Ernest Baker reveals how Drake felt less than stellar over the performance. “I took an L for the first time. I just have to reassess what went wrong with my judgment,” he quotes Drake as saying in a text message.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go much better during weekend two. Billboard said Drake “underwhelmed in every way possible, making very apparent that the Toronto rapper and singer is not yet ready for a stage this big.” That’s without mentioning the awkward surprise appearance from Nicki Minaj, who neither spoke nor sang the entire time she was on stage.

Drake is a rare breed whose superstar stature within the industry is matched by a critically acclaimed discography. His booking at Coachella was a no-brainer. Until he gets a chance to redeem himself, however, Drake will be grouped alongside Jack Johnson, Kings of Leon, and The Stone Roses as among Coachella’s most notoriously bad headliners. But you know what those kids say… started from the bottom.