Watch Kendrick Lamar’s Funky And Soulful Hour-Long Special Concert
Kendrick Lamar’s Austin City Limits performance was filmed as an hour-long special for PBS that premiered on the network Jan. 9. The show is now available online and can be streamed below.
K. Dot’s performance with his band, The Wesley Theory, featured cuts off his Grammy-nominated albums To Pimp A Butterfly and good kid, m.A.A.d. city. He also made an effort to keep these renditions clean, editing lyrics on tracks including “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “For Free? (Interlude)” and "u."
At the end of the video, Kendrick also opens up about the variety of styles he raps over in the funky, soulful performance.
"It wasn’t just hip-hop played at my house," he explained. "It was a lot of soul, a lot of funk, a lot of blues, R&B, every day almost, in the household. That gave me the idea to explore those sounds now and go back to these different ranges of music and make little tweaks and make them to my own niche in my album. I’ve gotta give that honor to my moms and pops. They played a lot of good music in the house."
This was an eventful weekend for the Top Dawg MC. On Jan. 9, we also saw him appear in an ad for "black-ish," the ABC comedy that stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. K. Dot didn't just show up with a huge bowl of cereal, though. A remixed version of his TPAB hit "Alright" was also used in the commercial meant to promote the family-based comedy.
Check out the clip below.