KENDRICK HAVE A DREAM

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

KENDRICK LAMAR  //  HAMMERSMITH APOLLO  //  SUNDAY 20th JANUARY 2013 

I wanted to blog about this as soon as I bounced out of Hammersmith Apollo last Sunday but it has taken me a week to put into words the epic experience that was Kendrick Lamar live.

Whilst rolling around LA last April, as you do, I was introduced to the Kendrick Lamar EP by my burger lovin' biatch Eni and it was love at first listen. Following the release of Good Kid M.A.A.D City I was officially obsessed and could often be found mean muggin myself in the mirror whilst asking my reflection not to kill my vibe. True story. Despite my unwavering love for Mr Lamar my initial excitement was replaced by worry as my hip-hop lovin' homies and I entered the Apollo. What if he failed to deliver? What if this masterful musician had 'sold-out' becoming a victim of his own rapid success?

He didn't.

With only a DJ for company the Compton rapper not only held the crowd like a seasoned performer he also held one hell of a party. Unleashing a barrage of back catalogue Section.80 classics such as Hol' Up, A.D.H.D, Tammy and HiiiPower Kendrick kicked all fears of him falling off to the kurb. Much to the delight of his five thousand three-finger waving fans. ‘So have any of you heard my new album Good Kid M.A.A.D City?’ he teased before launching into the infectious Money Trees shortly followed by a trill trio of Backstreet Freestyle, Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe and Poetic Justice. Ya bish. A huge highlight for me and my crew dem was the AA anthem Swimming Pools (Drank) - let's just say we got right involved - oh yes we did (HERE). 

Until this gig I had considered myself a 'proper' King Kendrick fan but I'm ashamed to say that there were a couple-o-tracks thrown into the mix that even left me a bit bemused. Last Sunday Kendrick confirmed his role as a humble, honest and highly-talented storyteller, and as he makes the inevitable transition from gutter to global it's apparent that not only will he stay true his art, he'll stay true to his fans. Fo' life.

Do YOU think Kendrick has The Recipe for success???


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