Kendrick Lamar Brings the Revolution to Austin With An Unbelievable Performance (Video)
Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” is on many Heads’ lists for song of the year, and its influence has been obvious in life outside of music charts. Having performed the song at this year’s BET Awards with an uproarious response, thanks to the politically driven set design and matching lyrical content, Lamar once again brought the song’s call for racial justice to the stage, this time for a segment on Austin City Limits, a PBS show featuring concert-like performances from today’s biggest names. The show has been on the air since 1976, making it the longest-running program of its kind in American television history.
Lamar’s full performance will air in January as part of the show’s 41st season, but a nearly six-minute clip of his performing “Alright” has been made available, and it is remarkable. The adoring crowd can be heard chanting the hook, which also became a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter protesters earlier this year. Lamar is visibly moved by the chanting, as it begins before the song has even started playing, a direct indication of the song’s powerful influence on the minds and hearts of not only his fans, but an entire generation. At one point, Lamar begins to conduct the audience, and the result is harmonious energy that spills over into a high-energy, unrelentingly moving performance. Check it out below.