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

Casillas ends Spanish football federation presidency bid

first_img His defection now leaves the way clear for Rubiales to gain a second mandate in the election scheduled for August 17. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On Fire2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You Read Also: UEFA set to decide on way forward for suspended Champions League Casillas played 167 times for Spain, also winning two Euros in 2008 and 2012, and made more than 700 appearances for Real Madrid, with whom he won five La Liga titles and the Champions League three times, before joining Porto in 2015. Named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI five years in a row between 2008 and 2012 he suffered a heart attack in May 2019 during training and has not played another competitive match since.center_img Loading… Spain’s World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas announced on Monday he was ending his bid to run for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Iker Casillas has decided against contesting the RFEF election “I would like to inform you that I have decided not to run for the upcoming RFEF elections,” the Porto goalkeeper wrote on social media. The 39-year-old said he was pulling out of the race for the top job in Spanish football as a result of the “exceptional social, economic and health situation that our country is suffering”. He said the COVID-19 outbreak which has claimed over 27,000 victims in the country had relegated the election into “second place”. Casillas, who led Spain to their first World Cup title in 2010, had announced his intention to stand against current RFEF president Luis Rubiales back in February.Advertisementlast_img read more

FKF await CAS on Equatorial Guinea appeal

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets striker Teresia Engesha tries to control the ball under pressure from Equatorial Guinea’s Esperanza Mbang Mba during their African Women’s Cup of Nation at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – The Football Kenya Federation is waiting on word from the Court of Arbitration on Sports (CAS) by end of Thursday on their appeal over CAF’s decision to reinstate Equatorial Guinea into the African Women’s Cup of Nations, barely 10 days to the tournament.CAF’s disciplinary board had earlier on suspended the West Africans from the competition for fielding an ineligible player in their qualification match against Kenya’s Harambee Starlets, but the appeals committee rescinded the decision, reinstating them with barely 10 days left. Kenya’s Starlets had already kicked off residential training and even played a friendly match against Ghana’s Black Queens before the appeals board made their decision.“We wrote to CAF telling them of our intention to CAS and after the mandatory seven days period in which they are supposed to give a response. When they failed to do so, we moved to file our appeal with CAS after paying the 1,000 Swiss Francs fee (Sh102,603),” FKF Secretary General Robert Muthomi told Capital Sport.Harambee Starlets striker Mwanahalima Adam goes up against teammate Jentrix Shikangwa during a training session at teh Utalii Grounds on October 29, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe added that the Switzerland-based court also wrote to CAF Seeking a response from them and the deadline is expected to lapse today (Thursday).“We have all the documents and everything is ready for us. We just wait to hear if CAF has responded and if they won’t then we will wait for CAS to make its ruling by probably latest Friday. We know we have a watertight case and all we want is justice to prevail,” Muthomi further stated.The Women’s Cup of Nations is expected to start on Sunday with Kenya having been scheduled to play on Sunday but with CAS yet to say any word on the appeal, there still lingers uncertainty.According to a highly placed source, FKF might seek damages, if CAS does not reinstate them into the Cup of Nations.Interestingly, Equatorial Guinea are under FIFA suspension from the Women’s World Cup over the same offense, using ineligible players. This year’s AWCON is also being used as a qualification tournament to next year’s World Cup in France.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more