Saturday Night Live: Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar hit Saturday Night Live over the weekend with a live band and two tracks from Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, which has been certified gold. Lamar handled his SNL debut smoothly and impressively, and proves that this particular appearance was just another benchmark in the bright career of the Compton emcee.

Kendrick Lamar on SNL

I love Kendrick Lamar!

His lyrics and songs provide such intimate and detailed stories that when you listen to his records, you feel like you’re living these moments along with him. In my opinion, very few artists can provide that re-creation.

And it was probably one of the best birthday presents I could have given to myself when I saw the 25-year-old perform live at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre last December. What a show. And what an entertaining and thoroughly talented live performer, Lamar turned out to be! Plus, 3 encores for the Sydney crowd!! I could go on but let’s just say, it was a night that will be remembered for a long time.

This past weekend, he appeared on New York’s beloved weekly comedy show, “Saturday Night Live”, representing Compton, to perform two of my favourite songs: his late-night standby ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ and the Janet Jackson-sampling ‘Poetic Justice’ (sans Drake).

And, as a nice surprise, Samberg reunited his Lonely Island crew for a new digital short, featuring Levine, Eastbound and Down actor Danny McBride, and a surprise guest in Kendrick himself. The premise was genius, to re-define Drake’s over-used mantra “YOLO” to mean it’s opposite ‘You Oughta Look Out’.