Gao opened Saturday’s performance with “(Intro) Let’s Hope Heteros Fail, Learn and Retire.” Their setlist also included their top tracks such as “Come 2 Brazil” and “Hëłlœ Kįttÿ.”
Gao is a Chinese hyperpop singer, songwriter, DJ and performance artist currently based in Los Angeles and New York. Outside of the music industry, Gao has expanded their artistic reach to create pieces such as a salon-art-installation at MOXY NYC Times Square Hotel.
Rapper and singer Doechii’s set included viral hits like “Persuasive” and “B*tch I’m Nice.” During her performance of “What It Is (Block Boy),” she called four crowd members up to the stage and asked them to perform an accompanying dance that had previously gone viral on TikTok.
“I’m honored that my music has connected with students and young minds,” Doechii wrote in a message to The Herald before her performance. “I really am so grateful for the support.”
Doechii, whose song “Yucky Blucky Fruitcake” led her to TikTok virality, has previously opened for SZA and was listed as an Artist To Watch by Spotify in 2022.
JID, who released his first solo EP in 2015 with “Dicaprio,” rounded off Saturday’s performances with his hit songs “Surround Sound,” “Down Bad” and “Stick,” a collaboration with J. Cole and Kenny Mason.
JID has released several studio albums. Last year, he released the track “Enemy” in collaboration with Imagine Dragons, which reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100.
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