Kendrick Lamar at Williamsburg Park
Brook Bobbins captures Kendrick Lamar's first performance in NY since claiming king.
TDE touched down in Brooklyn last week sans Schoolboy Q. Upon my arrival, the young artist Bishop was finishing up his set. At age 17, his stage presence was strong, and his message was clear and precise. For sure someone to look out for. Wasting no time, Jay Rock took to the stage and ran through a number of songs. Between sets, DJ and co-founder Ali played short transitions. Ab-Soul came out next with his normal high energy and pushed through most of his highly acclaimed release Control System.
After a brief stage change, a full band was brought on to support Kendrick. The crowd went crazy when the Compton lyricist touched the stage. This was the first time I’d seen him perform with a live band and he sounded great. The highlight of Kendrick’s set from where I stood in the back of the crowd was “m.A.A.d city.” He ran the song back a few times and each time the crowd got louder in their “Yawk Yawk Yawk Yawk.” Another standout for me was “Money Trees,” as Jay Rock came back out to assist in his verse. It was a beautiful evening both for weather and music. The TDE camp has really proven to be a powerhouse of talent releasing project after project that have been embraced by the world around.