LOS ANGELES -- It's not every day that you get to see a full label's roster in concert.
But on Saturday (Aug. 15), that's exactly what Top Dawg Entertainment gave fans at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in L.A. Yep, Kendrick Lamar and the full TDE lineup came together for a one-night-only event in partnership with Dew Tour. And the showcase proved this label is a potent one.
MTV News was in the house for the occasion. So we decided to document the many stages you go through seeing this whole squad in action.
You'll arrive with anticipation and ready for a good time.Andres Tardio/MTV News
You'll dig SZA's smooth vibes.Andres Tardio/MTV News
The show was multidimensional and Saturday night's first act -- SZA -- made that abundantly clear. The young St. Louis-bred star let her vocals hypnotize the venue thanks to "Babylon" (sans K. Dot) and the Isaiah Rashad-assisted "Warm Winds."
You'll get hype with Isaiah Rashad.Andres Tardio/MTV News
Rashad followed SZA with a fiery performance. Yep. He came, he saw and conquered. I mean, the Chattanooga MC's "Shot You Down," for instance, nearly left the house in shambles.
You'll rock out to Jay Rock.Andres Tardio/MTV News
Jay Rock -- who recently announced his upcoming 90059 LP -- followed with several slappers, including "Hood Gone Love It." The MC plugged his new LP during his set, letting us know we're in for even more from the TDE vet.
You'll realize the power of unity with Ab-Soul.Andres Tardio/MTV News
Ab-Soul came through for his medley, proving haters can't "f--k with this Top Dawg sh-t, though." How? With bangers like "Bohemian Grove" and "Terrorist Threats." Yep, the latter had the audience singing along to the long-beloved chant, imagining how much strength would be gained "if all the gangs in the world unified."
You'll enjoy the hell out of ScHoolboy Q's grooves.Andres Tardio/MTV News
Q came on next and delivered a hell of a performance. His hit-run is serious. As if crowd-roaring love for "Collard Greens" and "Man Of The Year" weren't enough, Q extended his performance to include "Hell of a Night" and "Studio," just to name a few of the fan favorites. And that's just off Oxymoron alone.
You'll die over the surprise guests!Andres Tardio/MTV News
A$AP Rocky teased fans with a an impromptu appearance. Although Rocky didn't join Q for any of their collabos, he did make an appearance for a handshake and a smile. Sure, a duet would've killed, but the crowd loved seeing these two onstage together anyway. You can expect to see stars from other fields as well. NBA's Russell Westbrook, for instance, stopped by on Saturday.
You'll crown Kendrick king.Andres Tardio/MTV News
Kendrick Lamar closed the show, capping some of the shorter performances with an extended set. Photographs and videos enhanced the stage experience as Dot ran through past and present hits. No vibes were killed during the performance. In fact, King Kendrick fans virtually crowned him in the form of thunderous applause for cuts like "m.A.A.d. city," "King Kunta" and "Alright."
You'll realize the power of TDE.Andres Tardio/MTV News
The label began approximately 10 years ago. Since then, Anthony 'Top Dawg' Tiffith and his team have assembled a critically acclaimed, diverse roster and a powerful music-based movement. If what they've done in the past decade is any indication, their next moves should be just as impressive. Like we said, #SquadGoals.
Now can we get a full-on TDE tour? The rest of the country needs this, too.