In this current financial climate It was an investment worth making to witness the return of Legendary Kendrick Lamar during his first UK tour in 5years.
As I arrived at the world renowned O2 Arena on this brisk London November evening. Bumping into other prominent members of the UK Hip Hop community (Apex Zero, Shortee Blitz, Essa & Sharna Cane) who shared a feeling of excitement and anticipation for tonight’s performance fully expecting him to surpass the brilliance seen from his Glastonbury 2022 headlining performance during the summer.
A few months ago I had a heated debate with a friend on whether a modern day artist in Hip Hop could ever deliver a live experience comparable to a prime Public Enemy?
For almost three decades I would say the answer was no.
What I witnessed at the O2 Arena this night during Kendrick Lamar’s Big Steppers Tour not only matched peak PE in 2022 this was the evolution.
Kendrick is such a powerful performer with a clear crisp, flawlessly delivered, complex clever lyricism, all projected from one man for almost two hours.
The production level I would dare say has surpassed even peak Michael Jackson!
Did I just witness the pinnacle of Rap performance?
Literally every track unleashed from his four classic albums were meticulously crafted from the staging to the visuals, Pyro, lighting, outfits and dancers.
In his own words during the concert Kendrick called this:
“the greatest show on earth”
The consummate professional, theatrical stage maestro along with guest appearances from fellow Pg Lang artists: Tanna Leone and Baby Keem, both helped Kendrick whip the crowd into hysterics during a thunderous performance of “Family Ties” inciting mosh pits on either sides of the stage.
Kendrick Lamar is a generational Artist who along with his team effortlessly keep me fully engaged and invested for almost two hours!! Such a remarkable show! Money well spent.
Check out some highlights from the show below:
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