Live Review: Kendrick Lamar In London
Kendrick Lamar recently returned to the UK after the release of his debut album ‘good kid m.A.A.d city’. When he came to the UK last time he was not as well known, however this time around his fan base had grown by an incredible amount - therefore his HMV Hammersmith Apollo show was sold out and I was glad to be a part of the crowd that attended the show…
The acts that were set to warm up the crowd were UK artists Scrufizzer followed by SAS Killa, with DJ Cameo from BBC 1Xtra DJing. The next act on stage were the Rascals. The Rascals kept mentioning Kendrick’s name through their performance to hype up the crowd, which kept the us buzzing all the way through.
When Kendrick graced the stage everyone, even the people who were seated, including me, stood up to cheer him on. The crowd was jumping and screaming the lyrics along with the song performed; it was just like a party, as Kendrick later mentioned himself.
He performed his latest collaboration with A$AP Rocky, Drake and 2 Chainz, ‘F****n Problem’, which made the crowd go hype - it was awesome. He went on to perform some singles from his first mixtape ‘Overly Dedicated’, as he said he wanted to test his real fans in the audience.
He also performed singles from his previous offering ‘Section 80’, including the songs ‘A.D.H.D’ and ‘Hiiigh Power’. Of course, he also performed material from his album ‘good kid m.A.A.d city’ including the songs; ‘B***h Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Money Trees’, ‘m.A.A.d city’ and ‘Swimming Pools’.
When the rapper performed ‘m.A.A.d city’, the venue transformed into an actual rave scene with everyone going mental; the area where the public were standing turned into a mosh pit.
Kendrick did interact with the crowd on a couple of occasions, which was a nice touch to the whole show and kept everyone in a great mood. Overall it was a brilliant night and I know everyone who attended had a great time at the West coast rappers ‘party’ - as he parties like no other.
Words: Krishma Kudhail (@Krishy91)
Video via Sandeep Kudhail