Kendrick Lamar Brings Two of “T.P.A.B.”‘s Deepest Cuts to Life on Stage (Videos)
As the one-year anniversary of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly inches closer and closer, the Compton MC is still dominating conversations about the best in the game. Tonight (January 7), he will be a guest and performer on The Tonight Show, where he will likely provide viewers with a memorable interview in addition to his live skills he’s been steadily improving over the last few years. His unforgettable medley on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in September, his historic musical partnership with the National Symphony Orchestra in D.C. in October, and his bold set at the BET Awards in June have all contributed to the young artist’s growing acclaim as a formidable live performer and today, more examples of his on-stage talents were released.
Back in December, footage of Lamar’s performing “Alright” at the iconic television show Austin City Limits dropped, and with it came some really moving imagery. The song, which became a rallying cry for millions of Americans, is chanted by the TV studio audience, and the ensuing duet with Lamar is stunningly beautiful. Recently, his performances of “Hood Politics” and “Wesley’s Theory” have surfaced, both of them exclusive video clips that will not be featured in the January 9 airing of his much-anticipated episode (it will run on PBS). The energy in the room is contagious, with the audience participating in call and response with “Hood Politics”‘ signature “boo boo” lyric, while Lamar infuses some of his signature punctuated body movements as he launches “Wesley’s Theory” into every corner of the studio.