B.E.T Music Matters and TDE presents Kendrick Lamar featuring Jay Rock and Ab Soul
The blue hue coming from the bar area was the only source of lighting besides the spotlights on stage. Though the anticipation was heavy most keep their cool, conversing with fellow onlookers asking questions like “When will they start” or “Who’s first” and making statements starting with “I hope he plays”.
TDE stepped down hard in New York City’s Terminal 5 last Saturday for the B.E.T Music Matters Concert series. The 23 city US tour features headliner Kendrick Lamar with fellow Black Hippy members Jay Rock and Ab Soul.
Jay Rock blessed the stage first performing “Boomerang” and “Hood Gone Love It” from Follow Me Home, his first studio album released of Top Dawg Entertainment.
Ab Soul paid his respects to the late Alori Joh with “Illuminate” from his second album Control System. Soul also brought out Brooklyn’s own Joey Bada$$ with Pro Era ending of his set with “Pineal Gland” as the crowd chanted the outro “ You got three eyes, three eyes, three eyes.”
The most anticipated artist of the night was none other than Kendrick Lamar himself. Fans have been on edge with mixed feelings on Kendrick’s debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city releasing October 22nd off Top Dawg Entertainment. The question between most is “Will he change now that he’s on a major label?” Kendrick put all the rumors to rest, griping the mic forcefully to let fans know his seriousness. “That’s the stupidest question- Industry doesn’t understand the connection we have”
From Overly Dedicated’s “Cut You Off” to his recent tracks, Kendrick made sure to satisfy every fan, new and old.
A revolutionary in all black, Lamar seemed very comfortable on stage in New York’s Terminal 5 and stated that New York had the “livest” audience reaction during his SOB performance of the Section 8.0 track “A.D.H.D”
The rivalry between fans was not only something you could hear, but feel within the air of the venue.
Spectators, or self-proclaimed “real fans” scoped out who was there for show and who was there as a true supporter.
The lower level of the venue seemed to hold more of Kendrick’s recent fans, screaming for him to play “Swimming Pools” while the next level up and VIP sections yelled back for tracks like “Rigamortis “and “Michael Jordan”.
The message encrypted within the lyrics is what is most important and ideally what TDE wants fans to take from these shows. Political, Spiritual and Social awareness mixed with high frequency beats and powerful choruses make Black Hippy more than a group, but more of a movement.
Kendrick urges fans to follow him and his group mates on twitter to stay posted on everything TDE.
(We suggest that you do too)
Words by Gyasi Williams Kirtley
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