G-Eazy brought both the love and the hate to New Orleans’s Voodoo festival this Friday, with a wild, wide-ranging set that included a sweet onstage marriage proposal and a scathing, expletive-addled song about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Dressed in a Halloween-weekend Joker costume — complete with acid-green hair, gold grill, and melting white clown makeup that by the concert’s end was dripping from his sweaty face like Liquid Paper — the rapper was admittedly difficult to upstage. But in the evening’s feelgood moment, he happily surrendered the spotlight to his longtime manager, Matt Bauerschmidt (whom he first met while he was a student at Loyola University in New Orleans). Bauerschmidt dropped to one knee in front of an audience of thousands and proposed to his girlfriend, Jess — who said yes, while pyrotechnics exploded behind the happy couple.
But it wasn’t all warm fuzzies during G-Eazy’s Voodoo set. At another point in the night, he angrily spat the rhymes from his “F— Donald Trump” collaboration with YG and Macklemore, quite unsubtly rapping:
I got a question…
How’d he make it this far? How the f— did it begin?
A Trump rally sounds like Hitler in Berlin
Or KKK s—, now I’m goin’ in
I’m just sayin’ what’s real, I don’t give a f— who I offend
Cause it’s gotta be said, it’s gotta be said
It’s off the top like the toupee on Donald Trump’s head
This man’s not peaceful, racism’s evil
This man hates Muslims, that’s a billion f—in’ people
If truth be told, Donald is a terrorist
Reasons why the world’s got a problem with Americans
The f— is goin’ on? People just passed
A mass murder happened, you said thanks for the congrats
You tryna get your votes up, you don’t got class
Orlando was a tragedy, you react fast
And then made it ’bout you, to boost your campaign
It’s goin’ all bad if he wins this damn thing
Man America is f—ed if he’s next up
Take a day to undo what Obama fixed up
It’s Young Gerald so you know who said it
And Ivanka can get it, straight up
(video below obviously contains profanity)
However, G-Eazy’s performance ended on a positive, party-hearty note, as New Orleans band the Soul Rebels joined him for a brassy, jazzy finale of his upbeat hit, “Me, Myself & I.”
Tune in all weekend for Yahoo Music’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience live stream at yahoo.com/voodoo.