My mind is blown. I considered myself a 6 on a scale of 10 of Kendrick Lamar fandom going into the show last night, at least as far as familiarity with his catalog. I wasn’t even going to go, but an acquaintance I met recently had an extra ticket and extended the invite. I knew it would be good, but holy fucking shit.
The setlist. The stage. The lights. The visuals. THE ENERGY. Oh god, the energy. Kendrick was standing alone on the blank white stage and had an entire hockey arena in the palm of his fucking hand; everyone absolutely losing their minds, reciting every word. I got the chills multiple times throughout. He’s the best doing it, and I don’t think ANY rapper EVER could have put on that type of show. I’m an old school hip-hop guy; I’ve seen Outkast, I’ve seen Nas, I’ve seen the Wu-Tang Clan, but this was just something else. There’s levels to it, you and I know. Do what you need to do to catch this tour.
SETLIST (according to setlist.fm):
Kung-Fu Kenny Part I (video)
untitled 07 | 2014 – 2016
untitled 02 | 06.23.2014.
Mask Off (Future cover)
Collard Greens (ScHoolboy Q cover)
Swimming Pools (Drank)
Kung-Fu Kenny Part II (video, a hilarious one, at that)
Kung-Fu Kenny Part III (video, another hilarious one)
Every N***** Is a Star (Boris Gardiner cover)
Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
All hail King Kendrick.