Rap­per Ken­drick

La­mar per­forms in Mi­ami for Art Basel party

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

Hot, sticky and sweaty, rap­per Ken­drick La­mar per­formed Thurs­day night in­side a space­ship look­ing dome on the beach as part of the Art Basel Mi­ami Beach fes­tiv­i­ties. Dur­ing the in­ti­mate 75-minute show, La­mar first took off his outer shirt and con­tin­u­ally wiped sweat from his face, jok­ingly com­plain­ing that if he had to sweat all night long that crowd bet­ter show him some love. Mid­way through the show he took sev­eral water bot­tles from stage and passed them out to the au­di­ence. By the end, the Grammy-award win­ning singer thanked the crowd of about 400, guess­ing that some had “lost 10 pounds in sweat.”

“That’s enough (ex­ple­tive) sweat to last a life­time,” he said sin­cerely, thank­ing the crowd for not car­ing about muss­ing up their “cardi­gans” and fancy clothes so they could jump and dance dur­ing the close-quar­tered show. Ali­cia Keys had the same prob­lem dur­ing her per­for­mance here last year when the hu­mid South Florida weather kept fog­ging up her sun­glasses. La­mar in­ter­acted fre­quently with au­di­ence mem­bers, at one point grab­bing a woman’s hand say­ing she had made his night. He stopped the show more than once to sign shirts, shoes and other trin­kets.

“Your en­ergy is what I pull from when I go into the stu­dio and write what I write so I gotta show back the love,” said La­mar, who per­formed hits in­clud­ing “m.A.A.d city City,” “i” and “B——, Don’t Kill my Vibe”.

As he rapped, black and white images played across the walls and ceil­ing of the dome. Some were mun­dane tele­phone op­er­a­tors, money count­ing ma­chines and a space shut­tle. But other images in­cluded po­lit­i­cal and pop cul­ture fig­ures. Bill O’Reilly’s fa­mous melt­down on “In­side Edition” played re­peat­edly dur­ing one song, and later showed Dick Cheney and Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and Muhammed Ali.

The ethe­real look­ing pop-up dome that hosted Amex Mu­sic Meets Art out­side the Faena ho­tel looked as if it had dropped from the sky and was just steps away from the waves. Artist Shantell Martin live sketched a mas­sive mu­ral mapped to the beat of the mu­sic just out­side the dome. The con­cert was just one of many par­ties to cel­e­brate the pres­ti­gious art fair, which draws a heavy celebrity crowd. Notic­ing some writ­ing on a fan’s cloth­ing that said “Places and Faces,” La­mar said he had just writ­ten a song with those words and sang a few bars “from a Swisher Sweet to a ho­tel suite” to an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd. “We are on the same wave,” he said.

Ear­lier this year, La­mar helped Pres­i­dent Barack Obama cel­e­brate his fi­nal Fourth of July at the White House. The pres­i­dent has re­peat­edly said he is a fan of La­mar, say­ing “How Much a Dol­lar Cost” as his fa­vorite song of 2015. La­mar saved “Al­right”, a song that has be­come a sort of them for po­lice bru­tal­ity protests, for one of his last num­bers, telling the crowd “we cel­e­brate love tonight, not hate.”

— AP

Ken­drick La­mar per­forms dur­ing Art Basel Mi­ami Beach.

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