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Kanye West/Ye Is A Coachella Dropout

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Kanye West/Ye

Anything Kanye West (Ye) does is often unexpected, and this time is no exception: He has reportedly pulled out of his Coachella performances on April 17 and 24. He was supposed to headline the last day of the festival while Billy Eilish and Harry Styles are headlining the two other days, but let’s just say that the rapper went through a lot during these past few months. Didn’t he already threaten to pull out of Coachella just a few months ago? In case you didn’t remember how insane Ye has become: he claimed Billy Eilish dissed Travis Scott when she helped a fan who had some difficulties breathing during a show, and then threatened to cancel his appearance at the festival unless Eilish apologizes to Travis. So, it was just a question of time until Ye pulls out, whether it is the same excuse or not. We effectively don’t know if he is still mad at Billy Eilish but, on Saturday, a source reported that West was “going away to get help,” following his online strange behavior regarding his ex-wife’s relationship with her new boyfriend.

However, the question is: if the news is confirmed, who is going to replace him? We are just 2 weeks away from the festival, and headlining Coachella is no improvisation, they have to move very fast. We already have two white headliners, and in these diversity-matters times, the logic would not point to another white band… So, let’s say that the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who have a new album to promote) or Adele, or Taylor Swift are probably out of the question.

Why not Tyler the Creator or Silk Sonic (who both just won Grammys)? Or The Weeknd? Bad Bunny? Frank Ocean has been rumored many times, he was even supposed to headline in 2020 just before the pandemic, but I don’t see him stepping in at the last minute. Plus, he supposedly is one of the 2023 headliners. Rage Against the Machine was also supposed to headline in 2020, then in 2021, but as we know, both editions were canceled. They were curiously absent from the 2022 lineup, so could they make a comeback?

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