THURSDAY, JANUARY 07, 2016 |
Posted by: Don Saas
At some point, we're going to write "Kendrick Lamar is the new king of hip hop" so many times that it ceases to lose any meaning, but we're not there yet. Saturday, Kendrick Lamar will be making his debut on America's seminal TV concert series, Austin City Limits. The performance was taped ages ago (we wrote about his performance of "Alright" a while back), and ACL has shared two new web exclusive performances from the evening, "Hood Politics" and "Wesley's Theory." And, even if you've never tuned into PBS before, we're pretty sure you're not going to want to miss Kendrick on Saturday.
Having seen this performance of "Wesley's Theory" now, we get why Kendrick took his time bringing his To Pimp A Butterfly tracks to live performances. These are complex, instrumental driven numbers that deserve better than some DJ behind K-Dot and a hype man. And hearing that funky as all get out bass from "Wesley's Theory" on that stage is making me crazy sad that I never had the chance to see Kendrick live on his Kunta Groove sessions. Here's to hoping that he headlines Gov Ball or the New York Coachella festival later this year.