Posted in hiphop | music | pictures on February 27, 2013

photos by Dylan Johnson

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar touched down in NYC for two shows at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday (2/26) (early and late)., part of HOT 97 and MetroPCS's "5 Boro Takeover Tour" that also includes an upcoming T.I. show.

No Drake, but he brought out an incredible group of collaborators including all of Black Hippy (Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul), A$AP Rocky, YG, 50 Cent, and Tony Yayo. Kendrick and his friends played a bunch of cuts off of his unstoppable good kid, m.A.A.d city, reached back to early albums and mixtapes, and played some of his guests' material (like "Fuckin Problems" with A$AP Rocky) with the crowd screaming along the whole time. Both shows were sold out and totally packed, and you can check out pictures of the craziness from the early show in this post.

Kendrick's tour continues and brings him to SXSW in March (with all of Black Hippy) and back to NYC for Governors Ball in June.

Ab-Soul (and friends?) sticks around NY and plays SOB's tonight (2/27) with Bishop Nehru and more.

Kendrick also performed "Poetic Justice" on on Letterman on Tuesday with his band. The video of that performance and more pictures and a video from the early show at Roseland below...

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Kendrick Lamar - "Poetic Justice" on 'Letterman'

Kendrick Lamar - "Fuckin' Problems" clip at Roseland - 2/26/13

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Comments (19)

No band? That's disappointing.

Posted by Doc | February 27, 2013 3:30 AM

Look at all those poor saps that paid $72 for this drivel. Fucking idiots

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 8:15 AM

Dylan Johnson: You killed it with these photos.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 8:34 AM

@3:30 Most raps acts aren't accompanied by live musicians.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 9:12 AM

those shots are so dope. I was at the 9:30 show, he fucking KILLED it.

Posted by pennylane | February 27, 2013 9:13 AM

i do not understand this type of music

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 9:32 AM

One of the worst things to happen to hip-hop in years. It blows my mind how this popular this kid is.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 9:44 AM

Bob Mould blew the roof off Bowery Ballroom last night and this is the shit BV writes about?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 9:47 AM

lol 630 show wasn't close to sold out - i was pulling over 200 tix off ticketmaster at 5pm.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 10:19 AM

leather pants=you made it

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 10:32 AM

I wish I went.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 10:34 AM

this show was amazing.. I am looking forward to Gov Ball even after Guns N' Roses

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 10:42 AM

he did really go all in, i was impressed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 10:45 AM

This guy is a bore.

And 9:12, the guy said he's disappointed there was no band because Kendrick has performed with one before. No duh most rappers don't use live bands. It's also why 98% of live hip hop is garbage. Very few rappers put energy into their live sets and actually rap and sing live without the assistance of a backing track.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 12:34 PM

I agree that Kendrick's band is sweet and I wish he had them last night, but he still put on an incredible show without them.

For the guy saying 98% of live hip hop is garbage, everyone who has seen live hip hop knows that you haven't. It's also really dumb to bash an entire genre. Almost every rapper I've seen has put on a real show and gotten the crowd super into it. So much more refreshing than another carbon copy indie pop band staring at their shows.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 1:02 PM

Fan pics from Kendrick Lamar live last night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York via Now: http://getnowapp.com/2kWwSZ

Posted by Chris Pulliam | February 27, 2013 1:48 PM

I hear Kendrick Lamar gargles sperm on the weekends.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 1:51 PM

Help Desk Y'all

Posted by two way radio | March 1, 2013 3:48 AM

this band is a real deal, not hipster garbage.learn more about two way radios

Posted by two way radios | March 8, 2013 12:53 AM

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