Live: Kendrick Lamar at Revolution, October 28
road, Kendrick made everyone put both hands up in the air. But within
seconds, eight of those fingers went down and the audience shouted out with Lamar, "Fuck
than Patrón? Lamar knows, and he commanded the center of the
stage as he bent over, eyes closed, putting much concentration and
effort into "Pussy and Patrón," ending it with an a cappella that led
to "She Needs Me."
better evidence of Lamar being a "good kid in a mad city" than when he
took time out to thank his mother for keeping him out of gangs and
trouble, then transitioned into the memory of a conversation he and his
father had when Lamar was 6, about becoming a somebody in life, while
his father was high on weed.
after playing the roles of his mother and father in another past
conversation, another middle-finger-in-the-air favorite "ADHD," the
crowd yelling "Fuck that!" on cadence before Lamar could start the
hook. Not to be left out, Lamar paced back and forth with his head held
high and middle finger in the air.
interacted with a female fan, asking her of her relationship status
and asking fans to help him rap "Alien Girl," because he could not
remember the lyrics in full, Lamar took a breather by lying down on his
back on stage to talk to the crowd about a favorite topic among rappers:
haters. A perfect setup for Lamar to chant "I'm going big," leaving
fans to finish the line with a roar of "Suck My...," well, you can finish
the line, in "The Spiteful Chant" with fellow Cali rapper Schoolboy Q
voicing his share of the load.
but creative and smart way to interact with the fans, Lamar gave fans 15
seconds, on back-to-back occasions, to log onto Twitter with their
phones and tweet to his page which song they would like him to perform.
An overwhelming amount of fans did not feel they needed to as they
shouted for "Rigamortis" the first time around and "Ronald Reagan Era"
the second time. Sticking his right hand up to signal for the fans to
quiet down, Lamar gave the fans what they asked for and performed both.
show started to wind down with "Blowin' My High," a song that uses a
Pimp C sample from "Big Pimpin'" and gives remembrance of Aaliyah. But don't worry; Schoolboy Q jumped back out to aid Lamar and told the crowd
he has no idea why other men's women want to fornicate with him, to put
it kindly, performing the fan favorite "Michael Jordan."
nothing is better than for an emcee to display his skill via freestyle,
and Kendrick Lamar did so and shut the show down by delivering an a
cappella freestyle, leaving fans more than satisfied.
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