‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Brings Chamillionaire, Coolio & Iggy Azalea Parodies to Governors Ball 2015 [EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS]
When you think of hip-hop, "Weird Al" Yankovic's name doesn't immediately come to mind but at this year's Governors Ball, he was synonymous with the genre as he delivered comical parodies of songs from Chamillionaire, Iggy Azalea and Coolio with a myriad of costume changes.
Between his multiple costume changes and seamless song transitions on Randall's Island in New York City Sunday afternoon (June 7), Weird Al definitely had one of the best sets of the festival. As the Gotham Tent began filling with concertgoers anticipating what the 55-year-old artist and comedian had in store, the show started with a polka session in the form of his song, "Now That's What I Call Polka!" He soon put down his accordion and performed a collection of his greatest hits parody songs as well as a number of the newer tracks from his latest chart-topping album, Mandatory Fun.
While everyone relished in his hilarious ode "Fat" -- his remix of Michael Jackson's "Bad" -- Al wowed the audience with a theatrical medley that included It's All About the Pentiums" -- a spin on Diddy's "It's All About the Benjamins" -- and his plumber-friendly Iggy Azalea-inspired track "Handy."
However, what really riled up the crowd was when Al rolled out on a Segway. Dressed in khakis, an oversized black sweatshirt and a red bandana, he began performing "White & Nerdy," inspired by Chamillionaire's "Ridin'." As he channeled his inner gangster, fans danced and jumped around to the track while simultaneously laughing each time a hilarious lyric was spit.
And in case those in the crowd weren't sure what "Weird Al" was rapping, there was a man off to the side of the stage who was doing sign language for each of his songs. He was so animated his hand motions were a performance in itself.
One of the highlights of his set was when he moved into "Amish Paradise." Modeled after Coolio's 1995 song "Gangsta's Paradise," Al and his band returned to the stage dressed in black suits, white shirts, wide-brimmed hats and a few fake beards to unleash the lyrics. He had an intense look on his face as he rapped lines like "As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain / I take a look at my wife and realize she's very plain," but that didn't stop the audience from joining in the fun as well.
"Weird Al" Yankovic's set was one of the more wackier yet hyped up performances of Governors Ball this year. Luckily for everyone who showed up to the Gotham Tent on Randall's Island, the rapper delivered a noteworthy set, making it one of the more memorable moments of the festival.
Watch "Weird Al" Yankovic Perform "White & Nerdy" at 2015 Governors Ball