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Kendrick Lamar & special guests played shows @ Roseland Ballroom & Letterman (pics & video)

photos by Dylan Johnson

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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…


Kendrick Lamar – “Poetic Justice” on ‘Letterman’

Kendrick Lamar – “Fuckin’ Problems” clip at Roseland – 2/26/13

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