Kendrick Lamar isn’t just someone who can crank out critically acclaimed albums from the comforts of the studio — he’s also an incredibly compelling live performer. At last night’s Grammys, Lamar showed off his performance skills with an intense performance of two tracks off his last album To Pimp a Butterfly, which won the Grammy for Best Rap Album and was nominated for Album of the Year.
The performance began with Lamar dressed in prison garb and chained to several other performers who marched with him onto the stage. He then launched into a ferocious rendition of “The Blacker the Berry” before subtly transitioning to “Alright,” which was the biggest hit from To Pimp A Butterfly.
Lamar’s fellow musicians were positively blown away by the performance and they let him know it on Twitter:
— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) February 16, 2016
@kendricklamar THAT WAS SO POWERFUL.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 16, 2016
I had to charge my phone so I am late but @kendricklamar !!!!!!!!!!!! WOW.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) February 16, 2016
And The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah gave Lamar very high praise while also ripping into Kanye West:
Check out a video of the full performance below. It really does live up to the hype.