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

Poyet sweats on Fletcher fitness

first_img “But like I said, it’s difficult to see, so we are keeping our fingers crossed and next week, we will have more news.” It has proved a depressing few months for the man in whom then manager Martin O’Neill invested so heavily, after a shoulder problem left him playing through the pain barrier in an effort to impress new boss Poyet. The Uruguayan admitted Fletcher’s season is not one he will remember with any great pleasure, although he is still hoping he can end it in positive fashion. Poyet said: “I hope he finishes well. Who knows? Maybe we can have him for whatever games he plays at the end and keep himself fit and start well next year. “It’s been difficult for him. He has always come back – even before I got here the first injury, the shoulder, they were talking about three or four months, and he had a great recovery and he played a few games in real pain. “But yes, it’s probably a season to forget for him because personally, it’s been quite difficult.” Poyet said: “We are still assessing. I think next week, we are going to have the final decision on him, but he is not fit for this weekend and we are trying to see what we are going to do. “It was quite swollen, so it’s difficult to do all the tests. When you do the MRI tests, there is always some swelling around and it’s not very, very clear, so we are trying to be calm and assess it properly next week.” Fletcher, a £12million signing from Wolves during the summer of 2012, was the club’s leading scorer last season with 11 goals, has been hampered by fitness problems for much of the current campaign and has found the back of the net only three times to date. However, with the Black Cats currently languishing inside the bottom three, Poyet would desperately like to have him available for the remaining 11 games as they try to fight their way to safety. Asked if he feared losing the player for the remainder of the season, he said: “I hope not. “It just depends on how bad the twist is, because definitely there was a twist. He jumped and he landed badly and he twisted his ankle. “There is always the fear of if there are any bone issues, and there are not, that’s for sure. “But then there’s the ligaments and depending how much they are damaged… Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is keeping his fingers crossed that striker Steven Fletcher’s season is not over. The 26-year-old Scotland international limped out of last Saturday’s disappointing 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw with Crystal Palace with an ankle injury. Both he and his manager are yet to discover the full extent of the damage to the same joint on which he had surgery last season, but he will play no part in Saturday’s vital trip to Norwich and the Black Cats face an anxious wait until next week to discover whether or not his campaign has run its course. Press Associationlast_img read more