Jul 28, 2018

Kendrick Lamar @ Qudos Bank Arena

Kendrick Lamar is unique for many reasons but I think the most relevant one is that he is perhaps the only artist in the world right now that is both commercially successful and also critically acclaimed. Most of the charts are filled with artists raking in the dollars but hardly bringing the acclaim in the field of artistic merit. Kendrick does both, appealing to various subsets of people in a hugely satisfying manner. Tuesday night at Qudos Bank Arena was the first of two back to back sold out nights. What a show it was. He is a magnetic, generous and spectacular performer. He is also slightly understated in the realm of stadium shows. Although this show had a few more bells and whistles compared to his show at the same venue 3 years ago. There are more visuals projected onto a large screen and he even came into the middle of the crowd onto an elevating stage to perform 'Money Trees'. Kendrick doesn't say much. He lets his music do the speaking. Of course he performed a huge chunk from last year's smash hit album in the shape of 'DAMN.' The highlight being a great rendition of 'HUMBLE.', where the audience took the song from him for a near acapella version before he basically went back and performed the song again in its entirety. Of course he made room for classics like 'Backseat Freestyle' and 'Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe' too. The show was finished off nicely with his huge hit from the Black Panther movie in the form of 'All the Stars'. It completed a night with a performer that is at the top of game. In complete and total control.

Set List
King Kunta
Big Shot
Collard Greens
Swimming Pools (Drank)
Backseat Freestyle
Money Trees
m.A.A.d city
Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe

All the Stars
King's Dead


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