When you’re choosing the act to fill your first musical segment on one of America’s most watched late night TV shows, you want someone who’s relevant, boundary-pushing and capable of putting on a superlative live show.
Step forward Kendrick Lamar, who had the honour of being new Late Show host Stephen Colbert’s first musical guest last night.
The Compton rapper performed a thrillingly intense seven-minute medley of tracks from his landmark second album To Pimp A Butterfly.
Rather than just reel off a carbon copy of the studio versions, Lamar reworked the tracks and developed the originals with the help of an on-point backing band and singers.
Opening with a version of ‘Wesley’s Theory’, he moved seamlessly into ‘Momma’, followed by the abrasive funk of ‘King Kunta’ and brought things to a crescendo with ‘u’.
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