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Coachella 2016: Vince Staples, Run the Jewels add an urgency to the day

Coachella 2016: Vince Staples, Run the Jewels add an urgency to the day

In a Sahara tent known for sensory overload and cut-loose fun, the Long Beach rapper Vince Staples delivered a bracing jolt of the reality behind Coachella's traditional escapism.

"See this weight is on my shoulders, pray Jehovah lift me up / And my pain is never over, pills and potions fix me up," he rapped on "Lift Me Up," one of the best songs from his breakthrough LP "Summertime '06."

The kids understood the pills and potions part, but there was a lot of real pain underneath those lyrics that set the tone of the day so far: a sense that something is wrong in the world. And by naming it (or building giant sculptures about it) we can...

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