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

Over 40 kilos of meat products seized

first_imgNegros Occidental, the country’s numberone backyard swine producer, has a P6-billion swine industry. (With areport from PNA/PN) Dr. Ryan Janoya, head of Provincial VeterinaryOffice’s Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division, said that porksupplies from provinces in Luzon brought to Negros Occidental are still coveredby the 90-day ban in the province. Some 15 kilograms of pork sausages fromPampanga arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport on Thursday. These were shippedby a resident of Talisay City for personal consumption. The ban covers live pigs, pork, porkproducts, and by-products from Luzon whether fresh, processed or canned whichcan carry the ASF virus. Janoya said the pork products were sentback to its point of origin. BACOLOD City – About 41 kilograms of pork and other meat products,including those from Luzon, were seized in Negros Occidental this week. The processed food items included siomaiand “sisig” transported from Quezon City sent for delivery to a food stall inBago City. Janoya said the items, shipped along with fish products, areconsidered misdeclared and immediately disposed of at the airport. Last Sunday, a total of 12.7 kilogramsof mishandled meat products were confiscated from a stall at the public marketof Cadiz City. Janoya said the vendor violated theguidelines on proper display of imported meat products. On Tuesday, members of the ProvincialTask Force on African swine fever (ASF) confiscated 12 kilograms of assortedpork products also at the airport. These frozen products are prone tomicroorganisms and bacterial contamination especially at higher temperature, headded. “The shipment had no permits,specifically as pork products, and it also does not comply with the existingban,” he added. For almost a month now, the provincialgovernment has been enforcing a 90-day ban on pork coming from Luzon, based onExecutive Order 19-40 signed by Gov. Eugenio Jose  Lacson on Sept. 18.last_img read more

Trump holds joint news conference with Polish president

first_imgWednesday, at a joint press conference Polish President  said there would be more American troops in Poland and U.S. President Trump said the two allies are committed to common security.Trump noted that Poland will purchase more than 30 U.S. F-35 fighter jets and called the F-35 the world’s greatest fighter jet.President Trump is reportedly thinking about sending two-thousand U.S. troops to Poland.Wednesday, during a meeting with the president of Poland at the White House, Trump said the U.S. forces would likely be pulled from Germany.However, he declined to say whether the U.S. would be keeping a permanent military presence in Poland.Poland has long-hoped for a U.S. military base there as a deterrent against Russian adventurism.This story is developing.last_img