Revolution, Fort Lauderdale
Friday, October 28, 2011
Better Than: White girls from Oakland yelling "Gucci Gucci."
Judging by the crowd screaming "Kendrick Lamar" ten minutes before he stepped onstage as if they were calling for an encore, the up-and-coming California native is no longer a secret. The Compton MC, who has already received co-signs from fellow Westsiders the Game, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre, eased his way to the center of the stage to introduce himself and his hood by reciting, "Let bygones by bygones, but where I'm from, we buy guns and more guns to give to the young" from the Overdose mixtape introduction "The Heart Pt. 2."
With the crowd more than warmed up and ready to get the show on the
road, Kendrick made everyone put both hands up in the air. But within
seconds, eight of those fingers went down and the audience shouted out with Lamar, "Fuck
What should a man love more
than Patrón? Lamar knows, and he commanded the center of the
stage as he bent over, eyes closed, putting much concentration and
effort into "Pussy and Patrón," ending it with an a cappella that led
to "She Needs Me."
There may be no
better evidence of Lamar being a "good kid in a mad city" than when he
took time out to thank his mother for keeping him out of gangs and
trouble, then transitioned into the memory of a conversation he and his
father had when Lamar was 6, about becoming a somebody in life, while
his father was high on weed.
after playing the roles of his mother and father in another past
conversation, another middle-finger-in-the-air favorite "ADHD," the
crowd yelling "Fuck that!" on cadence before Lamar could start the
hook. Not to be left out, Lamar paced back and forth with his head held
high and middle finger in the air.
100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL