Watch Kendrick Lamar Take Over the Kennedy Center Last Night with National Symphony Orchestra

Oct 21st, 2015 in Music


Kendrick Lamar is everywhere these days, and deservedly so. Last night Lamar and his band were backed by the National Symphony Orchestra on To Pimp a Butterfly and other songs, and hip-hop strutted a victory lap in Washington, D.C.  Watch below as the ensemble performs These Walls.  After starting out slow and sans-sync, everything comes together and magic ensues.  Pay particular attention from 2:40 on, but especially from 3:30 to 3:51 when Kendrick shows why he is king.  Haven’t seen a conductor work it like that in a while, if ever. Who else but Lamar (OK, Nas) can perform with an orchestra and bring it to such stirring heights, con brio and expleto?  Afterwards watch fan video of the chant-along uplifter, Alright, along with King Kunta.  We would have given most everything to have been there (see the setlist at bottom).  At the Kennedy Center, Lamar exclaimed: “At the end of the day, we ain’t nothing but God’s children.” Amen and bravo!!


Orchestral Overture
For Free?
Wesley’s Theory
Backseat Freestyle
Swimming Pools (Drank)
These Walls
For Sale?
Hood Politics
Complexion (A Zulu Love)
m.A.A.d city (Part I)
King Kunta
How Much a Dollar Cost
The Blacker the Berry
Mortal Man


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