Review: Kendrick Lamar’s First UK Show At Electric Ballroom, London (Monday 25th June)
Earlier this week Kendrick Lamar hit the UK shores to perform 2 dates at Camden’s Electric Ballroom in London (Monday 25th June).
Members of the Killerhiphop team were lucky enough to be in the building to witness the TDE artist’s first performance in the UK.
Hailing from Compton, California, Kendrick Lamar previously known as K. Dot has come a long way since his humble beginnings. He is now signed to Cali legend and star maker Dr Dre on his label Aftermath, Interscope Records.
The packed out venue saw Kendrick hit the stage shortly after 9pm to his Section 80 track “Fuck Your Ethnicity“. The diverse mix of people in the audience sang every word and that set the tone for the whole show.
“I recognize all of you, every creed and color, With that being said: F#CK your ethnicity”
Kendrick then ran through a number of his records including P&P from O(verly) D(edicated), Hol’ Up, A.D.H.D, The Spiteful Chant, and Rigamortis to name a few. The UK crowd loved it and surprisingly sang every word to the rapid fire, lyrically complex rapper.
At one stage during the set he asked the crowd what song they wanted him to play and the crowd shouted Cartoon & Cereal to which he later obliged. He also pleased the crowd by personally handing out bottles of water to audience members who had been waiting to see him since long before he hit the stage at 9pm. Towards the end of his set he had the crowd throwing 3 fingers in the air for his Section.80 track HiiiPower.
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, October 2nd”
He ended his set by playing his new single The Recipe from his major label debut album and announced the album title and release date. Overall it was a great performance from Kendrick and the UK crowd potentially saw a legend in the making.
Photo courtesy of Killerhiphop’s resident photographer David S.