Kendrick Lamar brings fans on stage in NYC to rhyme with him
New York is a tough crowd.
Kendrick Lamar’s Friday night show in Williamsburg wasn’t just about the Compton rapper. After about 20 minutes, Lamar said he heard an audience member challenge him and called them on stage. For the next 10 minutes, the rapper opened the stage to three fans much to the delight of the crowd.
While the first fan didn’t quite step up to the challenge, with the crowd showing their dissatisfaction, the next two proved much more qualified. One of them, named Jerome, went back and forth with Kendrick asking the rapper for words to propel him along. The last person to take the mic was rapper Kemba, fka YC the Cynic, who rapped a cappella.
The performance was live-streamed on Facebook and you can watch it below. The first fan is brought on stage around the 23-minute mark (the show begins at 3:40).
Kendrick’s show was announced at the last minute and featured songs from Section.80 and good kid, m.A.A.d. city, as well as ‘King Kunta’ and the anthemic ‘Alright’ from To Pimp a Butterfly.
Earlier this week, fellow Black Hippy member Ab-Soul revealed that a collaborative album between Kendrick and J. Cole was in the works.