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

Jamie Reeves – FFMag – Bringing fantasy football to print

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Related Articles Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 At the end of the 2016/17 Premier League season, Jamie Reeves, the man behind FFMag, released an e-mag version focusing on Fantasy Premier League (FPL) strategy. Jamie Reeves, FFMagThe number of downloads (5,000) convinced him to launch a crowdfunding campaign for the operation of a new print product. A few months on, and having reached over 150% of the fixed funding goal, SBC News spoke to Reeves about publication of the magazine, exceeding the initial target and plans for next season.SBC: With the abundance of fantasy football material already online, and with print often considered a content medium on the wane – were you surprised by the uptake in the crowdfunding campaign?JR: Absolutely. When we launched the first e-magazine in March we never intended to produce physical copies, because like you said, it’s arguably a medium on the decline. We then had hundreds of people ask where they could buy future editions in print, so we did the maths and figured out the money we needed to raise in order to make that a reality next season.It was obviously still a very pleasant surprise to see people then actually get behind the campaign. It’s one thing saying you’re interested in a print subscription, but it’s another thing buying one in May…2/3 months before the Premier League starts again!You’re right in saying that the fantasy football tipster market is very saturated right now, but we see that as a good thing because competition drives creativity. Our aim was always to produce a magazine that provides content that is second to none, and that’s how we plan to continue.SBC: Will the delay between writing, publication and delivery be a problem with the content to be provided?JR: Each month the Premier League fantasy football calendar presents a new set of questions and decisions. The basis of the magazine will be theories and analysis to help equip readers with the fundamental knowledge to tackle the upcoming month successfully.This kind of content does not expire and is something that we tested with Edition 1. In fact, you can go back and read that now, and whilst you won’t be able to put it directly into practice – you will definitely gain lots of important insight.Alas, the people have spoken and the people want part of the magazine to be dedicated to player tips for the upcoming month as well. We advocate a calculated approach to FPL, rather than encouraging sporadic weekly transfers, so this shouldn’t create too much of a problem.I think it’s fair to say that you won’t be finding any features written around one specific player, as statistics change and there’s always a risk of injury/suspension. Instead, you can expect tips that don’t expire so fast such as fixture analysis, defensive/attacking forecasts and so forth.We’re doing everything we can to ensure physical copies arrive at the fastest speed possible. The option to read our e-magazine will be there for all print subscribers, so if it’s a very congested schedule they can always have a skim read online between glancing at their letterbox in anticipation.SBC: Having far exceeded the initial target, what are you going to do with the extra money? Do you have anything else lined up?JR: It’s important to remember that the crowdfunding campaign was more for idea validation, and whilst it ended up surpassing our target, it doesn’t mean we now have disposable cash. We made the print subscription as competitively priced as possible, which is tough as an independent publication because we do not qualify for the printing and distribution discounts that larger publications do.The additional money does mean that we can improve our website, accessibility of the e-magazine, and pay our writers and designers without having to scrape the bottom of our own pockets. Now that our idea has been validated, you can also expect to see us bring some truly innovative ideas to the fantasy football space!SBC: Are you going to extend beyond the Fantasy Premier League website and consider strategies for Daily Fantasy Sports, or is that an area that you won’t be considering? Do you think there’s potential for UK consumers to be as enamoured with DFS?JR: The magazine will fundamentally cover Fantasy Premier League, because that’s what our readers want. However, due to my background within DFS, it’s fair to say that I’m looking to work with certain products to ensure they can tap into a wider market of fantasy football players.I spoke in detail with Sam Cooke of Esports Insider about how this magazine could play a key part in raising the profile of daily fantasy sports in the UK. You can read that interview on their website.There’s also a reason we chose the name Fantasy Football Mag rather than Fantasy Premier League Mag. You can expect to see us delve into other domestic leagues and competitions that have fantasy football games (MLS, Champions League & Tippeligaen) as soon as next season. There’s also a certain world competition at the end of next season, which we intend to cover in print.SBC: What’s the main demographic you’ve seen for the download of the magazine? Have you seen much uptake from outside of the UK? JR: When it comes to both digital downloads and print subscriptions our main demographic has been the UK followed by the US. The e-mag is already showing the signs of developing a vast worldwide reach, meanwhile, we’ve sold print subscriptions to 27 different countries including Antarctica, Mauritius & Colombia. Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more