Kendrick Lamar used to be jealous of fellow Compton native and basketball star Aaron Afflalo, but on Saturday night (February 15), K-Dot got to live out his hoop dreams alongside the Orlando Magic baller when he performed at the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night competition.
Afflalo, who was the subject of Lamar’s 2012 song “Black Boy Fly,” took a loss in the night’s three-point contest, but Kendrick scored a major win performing “m.A.A.d city” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” before the NBA’s annual Slam Dunk competition.
After a warm introduction from Nick Cannon, Lamar took the stage at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center to the tune of “m.A.A.d city.” Kendrick, who wore a black hood over his head, black pants and a pair of Nike’s Red Octobers version of their Air Yeezy 2 sneaker, bopped his head up and down as his band played a rock-tinged version of the good kid, m.A.A.d city stand-out.
Dot delivered his bars with precision and expert timing before he switched the beat and the mood with the more mellow “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Kendrick started out spitting the lyrics from the song’s Jay Z remix, before crossing over to the original album version. “I can feel the changes, I can feel the new people around me just wanting to be famous,” he rapped to the rhythm.
At the end the good kid was treated to a round of a applause form fans, a reaction that he accepted graciously. “That’s love,” he told the live crowd and televised audience with a wide grin before leaving the stage.
Safe to say Kendrick isn’t jealous of Aaron Afflalo anymore.