From the Governor’s Ball: Soundbites from Sunday | Arts

The final day of the 2022 Governors Ball in New York City brought energy, culture and some of the weekend’s best vibes. A day packed to the brim with fantastic acts and eager crowds, Sunday’s show was the perfect conclusion to a weekend of non-stop music. Below, we break down the standout performance on day three of the festival.

Becky G

“Where are my Spanish speakers? Becky G asked Go Puff from the top of the stage, as a feverish roar of excitement erupted from the crowd. “And my non-Spanish speakers too, I love you.”

Becky G owned the Gov Ball stage on Sunday with tracks heavily inspired by reggaeton and other Latin American pop genres that inspired her career. In his signature style, the set consisted almost entirely of pieces in Spanish. And although many in the audience didn’t speak the language, Becky G kept everyone dancing throughout her set. The pop artist started with his earworm “RAM PAM PAM”, before moving on to one of his biggest hits in Spanish, “Sin Pijama”.

Still, Gov Ball audiences were eagerly awaiting a song they could sing more easily, and soon after, a comeback performance of his hit “Shower” had attendees screaming with every line of the chorus. She then performed “Mayores” in 2017, before surprising festival-goers with an appearance by Guaynaa to perform “TAJIN”. “Let’s give people what they want!” “, she clapped before the closing song. Her performance of “MAMIII” had G, and the audience, rolling their hips and nodding.

Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan graced the Go Puff stage with a set that paid homage to black love, self-love and brotherhood. She began her performance with “Bodies,” the cheeky, low-tempo opener to her Grammy-winning EP “Heaux Tales.” The track was followed by one of his classic R&B hits – 2008’s “Bust Your Windows” – which had audiences all but embodying the rage of a despised woman seeking revenge.

Sullivan also made sure to connect with her audience. With “Put it Down,” she described a sex-positive relationship with a partner, and it was here that she took a moment to address the audience directly: “If you’re with someone who doesn’t treat you not good, say “fuck it”. As the swear words flew from the audience, Sullivan followed it up with a statement of her own self-respect, whether a partner was present or not. This led directly to her performance of “Girl Like Me”, to which Sullivan said: launched a slow wave of crowd.

The show was endlessly fun. With “Hurt Me So Good,” for example, Sullivan taught audiences how to “soul clap” to the beat of the song — most figured it out in no time. The mood evolved with a cover of Beyoncé’s “Party,” complete with a night of ’90s black dance projected behind the artist. Sullivan’s next cover of Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly With His Song” brought the energy back to Earth, simulating the constant back and forth of pleasure and pain in unstable relationships. She ended with “Need U Bad”, indicating that despite these back and forths, the love she feels is real and she really wants it.

Playboy Carti

Playboi Carti assumed her position as the closing act of this year’s Governors Ball atop a massive pyramid built on the headlining stage. Clad in a large hoodie, drowned in fluorescent strobe lights and perched several feet above the ground, Carti offered the audience a version of himself that exuded an almost mythical presence. On stage, he became like an ethereal being who, despite performing directly in front of the crowd, was incredibly beyond their reach.

Yet the heavy bass and piercing tunes of Carti’s zeitgeist created a level of energy in the crowd unmatched by any previous performer, with the audience jumping and swaying uncontrollably. From its opening track “On That Time” to the end of the show, the crowd did not let go. The performance was truly the closest thing Gov Ball had to a hater.

—Writer Derrick Ochiagha can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Instagram at @derrickochiagha.

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