Kendrick Lamar Electrifies The Trocadero

All Photography: Derek Brad

Tuesday night in Chinatown’s Trocadero Theater, the King Kunta himself, Kendrick Lamar, performed to a sold out crowd of loyal fans at a one of a kind concert experience he named, The 1st Annual Kunta’s Groove Sessions. The tour stint covers 12 cities which he gives credit to inspiring his latest release, To Pimp A Butterfly.

Kunta's Groove Sessions Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, Pa November 3, 2015 DerekBrad.com

After a stellar performance from LA’s own Jay Rock, the curtain hiding Lamar’s set came down displaying an all white couch, zebra-patterned carpet, and a neon “Pimps Only” sign reminiscent of a west coast funk club. The diversity in the crowd spoke levels to the reach of Kendrick’s music throughout the years. The setlist included classics off of his 2012 hit Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, as well as his most recent single “These Walls” off of TPAB.

In light of recent articles debating the overall quality of Kendrick’s latest album, Lamar’s Kunta Groove Sessions tour couldn’t have come at a better time to prove the true power of TPAB. Lately, media coverage depicting hoards of concertgoers leaving the venue during Brooklyn’s Powerhouse Show at The Barclays Center has taken centerstage. It’s been speculated that the power of Kendrick’s music was fading, sharing the stage with trendy names in the game including Future, Fetty Wap, and more.

Kendrick Lamar

It wouldn’t be an unforgettable show without a mishap or two- the cathedral of neon lights surrounding Lamar and the band flickered out until the stage was pitch black towards the middle of the show. With quick action from the venue’s staff, the lights were back on- but not before the confused crowd took to crying out the lyrics “We gon be alright!” as the crew scrambled to let there be light.

A smiling Lamar takes a step back to truly take in all the energy in the room and confesses he’s never had a crowd be so amped the power went out. Lamar spent a few minutes professing the power of music to an audience of adoring ears before the backing band was up and running again.

Kunta’s Groove Sessions highlighted the live music experience behind TPAB. The Wesley Theory’s synchronized dance moves paired with their immense talent made for a night that any music lover, regardless of genre preferences, could enjoy.  Good music comes from genuine chemistry between real artists and musicians. Kendrick’s backing band proved how talent and professionalism can come together to rock out.

Kendrick Lamar

The show at The Trocadero, which sold out in a minute, proved that the power of Hip hop was truly alive, breathing, and growing.

Miss the show? We’ve got a full photo gallery for you here.

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Also, check out the setlist below- did he play your favorite track live?
(Lamar himself kept insinuating that this might be the last time anyone hears tracks off To Pimp A Butterfly Live)

Setlist:
For Free?
Wesley’s Theory
Institutionalized
Backseat Freestyle
Swimming Pools (Drank)
These Walls
For Sale?
Hood Politics
Complexion (A Zulu Love)
Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
Money Trees
m.A.A.d city
u
Freestyle
King Kunta
Momma
i
How Much a Dollar Cost
The Blacker the Berry
Mortal Man

Encore:
Alright

2 Comments

  1. Bryana Natale

    November 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I have just recently gotten into hip-hop with Kendrick Lamar being the bridge that got me there. Such a talented dude. Just got chills reading about the power outage and AMAZING PHOTOS btw.

  2. loretta

    February 22, 2016 at 1:00 am

    There’s certainly a lot to know about this issue.

    I love all of the points you have made.

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