By Jeb Backe ’19
Just last Saturday night, I, along with many other fans gathered together to experience an incredible concert. Kendrick Lamar ignited a crowd soaked to the bone, standing for hours in the rain to see their idol perform. In a way, the rain brought us all together, standing as the true indicator of how much love we collectively had for Lamar. And he reciprocated that love, providing a feel-good energy along with his politically charged and socially relevant lyrics.
Much like past concerts Kendrick did not play very many songs off his latest LP, “To Pimp a Butterfly.” But what was particularly special about this show was the performance of “Hood Politics,” which we were informed is not played live very often. It seems to me that Kendrick may think that his newer songs may not always fit the vibe of most rap shows. Regardless, Kendrick Lamar slammed through an impressive amount of his catalogue; performing tracks from “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,” and even “Section.80.” Throughout the show, it seemed as though the entire audience knew every single word to every song, standing as another testament to the great fans Kendrick Lamar has. In fact, Kendrick even had two members of the crowd come up on stage and rap with him through a song. Both of them killed it.
Just as the rain finally subsided, Kendrick had the lights turned way down low and informed us all to shine our phones. It was a real spectacle. In this moment of unity and intense emotion, Kendrick had a stunning performance of “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst.” From the messages he conveyed to the music he shared, the concert was extremely powerful.