Kendrick Lamar Played A Surprise Show To Less Than 400 People In Brooklyn Last Night [Review/Videos]

first_imgThree days ago, Kendrick Lamar posted a mysterious teaser video that saw him hint at a 12/16 date in Brooklyn with American Express. The next morning, Billboard revealed that the seven-time Grammy Award winner and master of all things Hip-Hop would be performing a secret show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg the following day. The show sold out immediately.Lamar’s partnership with AmEx comes at the end of another hugely successful year for the rap phenomenon, who won five out of eleven nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards for To Pimp A Butterfly, coming after two wins for good kid, m.A.A.d city. The Compton native made even bigger strides in his fame when he released untitled unmastered. earlier this year documenting a collection of unreleased demos that originated during the Butterfly recording sessions. This album came in the middle of the night with no title, no artwork, no song names, completely untouched. It was a brilliant masterpiece from the bottom up.So when news broke that one of the most prolific artists in Hip-Hop would be playing a small venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, people freaked. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to play for a room like this,” he said, after a rip-roaring “Levitate” to open up the one-set performance. The Wesley Theory was tight, with a simple set up for drums, bass, guitar, and keys. In a career-spanning setlist, every song felt like the anthem for the night. From the early day’s “A.D.H.D” and “Swimming Pool (Drank) to “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” to his newer, universally acclaimed hits like “King Kunta”, “Alright”, and songs off the untitled unmastered. Every single person in that room had a moment with themselves. I’d estimate less than 300 people were lucky enough to stand before King Kendrick during this intimate performance. The stage was built further out than normal at the 550-cap room, and production staff took up half the banisters in all four corners. The entire show was filmed, with over 35 minutes of it shared through Kendrick’s Facebook Live.The music was for everyone, drawing from jazz, funk, soul, and spoken word. As he mentions in the beginning clip of the Facebook Live video, Kendrick often incorporates freestyle in his rap verses. We all watched with eyes wide open as he’d lock in to certain people in the crowd and go against the recorded lyrics. It was pure and heavy art, music, and improvisation.Toward the end of his set, that we wished would last forever, the master went against the script and invited fans to the stage to freestyle over beats made by the band. At random, he picked three people to join him and his band. The first person did not do well, and was consequently booed off the stage. The second person did a fantastic job, going back and forth with Kendrick like a real pro. It was obvious that his dreams were coming true before us all, and for that he earned enormous applause. The third person went a cappella, digging deep into the poetic field of dark, political topics that Kendrick is so well known to explore in his own music; his name is Kemba and can be found on YouTube. All three of these performances are also included in the Facebook Live performance below.Kendrick Lamar closed the night with “i”, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. From beginning to end, the performance was a testament to the truth. Closing out what seems to be one of the most confusing, ratchet years of our lifetime, Kendrick continuously uses his spotlight to open the doors to conversations of social grievances and political impurities. His ability to unabashedly confront these issues with such profound modes of artistic expression is a revitalizing reality that demands reprise. 2017 will inevitably bring a revolution in musical messages as we face big changes in our country’s morale. When art imitates life, in these tumultuous times, we should all be sure to consume it. It certainly helps with the taste.Watch the set-closing “i” below, as shot by myself:Watch “Swimming Pool (Drank)” into “m.A.A.d city”:[photo via Instagram user @jnsilva]last_img read more

Finnish roundup: Veritas takes profits on equities

first_imgShe said that even with a secure portfolio profile, Veritas had managed to achieve a good return in the first half.Fixed income investments returned 2%, and private equity investments generated 11.3%.Total investments rose to €3.1bn at the end June from €2.9bn at the end of December 2016.Elo nets 4.4% returnMeanwhile, the larger pensions insurer Elo announced a 4.4% return on its investments in the second half, up from 1% in the same period last year.Net pensions assets increased to €22.8bn by the end of June, from €21.8bn at the end of December.Elo’s CIO Hanna Hiidenpalo, said: “The global investment market, especially the equity market, has yielded extremely good returns since March 2009. This has been the second-longest streak of good returns from investments since World War II.”In the reporting period, the US dollar weakened by almost 10% against the euro in the currency market, but “the share of Elo’s open currency risk of investments was kept at a moderate level”, Hiidenpalo said.Listed equities produced a return of 8.9% between January and June, Elo reported. Real estate generated 3.1%, but fixed income investments registered a loss of 1%.Elo said the new partial early old-age pension, which was introduced in Finland at the beginning of this year, had proved particularly popular. In the first six months since it was brought in, Elo said it had issued the new pension to to 1,536 customers.VER positive after strong equity, infrastructure gainsFinland’s State Pension Fund (VER) reported a 3.7% return on investments in the first half.Of its main asset classes, VER said listed equities gave a return of 6.9% and liquid fixed-income instruments generated 1.2%.VER said listed companies data had improved in the first six months of this year relative to 2016, and future prospects were felt to be quite bright.Real estate funds returned 0.4% and infrastructure investments yielded 6.6%, VER reported.At the end of June, fixed income instruments accounted for 43.7% of the pension fund’s portfolio, equities made up 44%, and other investments amounted to 9.5%.VER’s assets totalled €19.2bn at the end of June, up from €18.8bn at the end of December.The pension fund transferred €914m to the government budget in the first half – more than the €719m it received in pension contributions.“This gap between income and budget transfers will continue to grow year on year and slow down the growth of the fund,” it noted in the interim report.VER was established in 1990 to balance Finland’s state pension expenditure.The fund said that as of the start of this year, it would concentrate more and more on long-term outcomes and future prospects instead of quarterly reporting, but would continue posting quarterly figures and commentary on them as before. Finnish pensions insurance company Veritas has rolled back the equities weighting in its portfolio in response to high valuations.The company reported a 4.2% return on investments between January and June in its interim results, up from 0.9% in the same period last year. Equities performed the best out of all asset classes with an 8.3% return.Niina Bergring, Veritas CIO, said: “Shares are now valued at a relatively high level, and we should adjust our long-term return expectations accordingly.“We have therefore had a cautious line in our allocation to risky assets and have recently reduced the equity weighting.”last_img read more

FAMILY OF ACCIDENT VICTIM DEMAND ANSWERS AFTER AMBULANCE TAKES 50 MINUTES TO ARRIVE

first_imgA devastated Donegal family is demanding to know why it took an ambulance almost an hour to attend their mother after she was knocked down.The late Maura PorterMaura Porter, 70, was struck by a car outside her home in Carndonagh on December 30th and later died in hospital.Mrs Porter, from Churchtown, was returning from her local church when she was struck by a car just before 6pm. The well-known and highly-respected mother-of-two was eventually taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.However, despite brave attempts by surgeons to save Mrs Porter, she eventually passed away just before midnight.Now her family is demanding answers as to why there was not adequate ambulance cover on the night Maura was knocked down.Speaking from the family home at Churchtown, her son Brendan said Maura may have survived if she had reached a hospital within the ‘golden hour.’ “Medical personnel will tell you that people have a much better chance of survival if they get to hospital within an hour.“We had to wait for an ambulance to come from Letterkenny for at least fifty minutes. It took another ten minutes to prepare her for transportation to the nearest hospital in Derry in Northern Ireland which was a total transport time of an hour and a half to get mum to hospital.“All that valuable time was wasted when surgeons could have been battling to save mum.“We want to know why there is not adequate ambulance cover for a place the size of Inishowen.“Inishowen is as large as many other counties in Ireland and yet an ambulance had to come all the way from Letterkenny. “If the accident had happened in Malin Head, it would have taken one and a half hours from Letterkenny Hospital,” he said.Brendan revealed how an Eircom cable had fallen down across the footpath and road which he claims may have contributed to the sequence of events.Brendan revealed how he, his sister Davina and dad Neil, stayed with their mum on the road near their home anxiously waiting for the ambulance to arrive as rain poured down.Brendan got down on his hands and knees and lay in the dirt comforting his dying mother on the cold, wet road. Three doctors and two nurses arrived at the scene but could not help Maura as she needed the ambulance to transport her for urgent medical attention from surgeons.“I lay with mum comforting her and praying with her to reassure her. We knew she was in a bad way.“All I could think of was why the ambulance was coming quicker.”Brendan said he wanted to pay tribute to the local community who became ‘guardian angels’ on the evening of his mum’s accident.“All the neighbours came out and stayed on that road while we waited for the ambulance. They were the only consolation we had whilst we waited for the ambulance.“They were like guardian angels on the road making sure the traffic stopped before the Gardai arrived.“Everyone has been so kind but we just cannot allow what happened to mum happen again to any other family,” he said.Maura was buried on Friday after a huge wake which saw hundreds of people call to the family home.Her heartbroken husband Neil is well-known across Inishowen and Co Donegal following his long service to Donegal County Council and a member of the local fire service.Brendan said the family never thought his mother would die in this fashion.He said he and his family are now determined to ensure that no other family have to go through what they are going through.“Mum and dad have given myself and my sister everything opportunity in life and for her to die like this is just heart-breaking. I never thought she would go like this.“She was a very intelligent yet modest and humble woman.“As a family we have no question that mum would have had a chance of survival if an ambulance had have got her to hospital quicker.“Inishowen is a forgotten region as far as the HSE and the ambulance service is concerned.“How can anyone justify a fifty minute journey for an ambulance to reach a dying woman in this day and age.“We loved mum but we know we can never bring her back.“But if we can improve the ambulance service in Inishowen and ensure no other family has to go through what we are going through then mum will not have died in vain,” he said.The HSE has admitted there had been a delay in getting an ambulance to Mrs Porter after revealing the local Carndonagh ambulance had been sent to another call-out.Local TD Charlie McConalogue said he will be seeking answers on the matter.He added that people should not lay the blame at the door of ambulance personnel but the system they are forced to work in.“The public appreciates the tough work that all frontline service workers do but that’s a given.“But people need to have their faith restored in these services,” he said.FAMILY OF ACCIDENT VICTIM DEMAND ANSWERS AFTER AMBULANCE TAKES 50 MINUTES TO ARRIVE was last modified: January 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ambulanceCarndonaghdelaydonegalHSEMaura Porterlast_img read more