Kendrick Lamar's L.A. Concert Bridges Hip Hop Stars and Gangs After Drake Feud

Inglewood Hosts Kendrick Lamar's Epic Concert Amidst High-Profile Feud.

by Nouman Rasool
Kendrick Lamar's L.A. Concert Bridges Hip Hop Stars and Gangs After Drake Feud
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Wednesday night in Inglewood, Kendrick Lamar orchestrated one of the most monumental moments in recent hip-hop history, with his concert serving as a definitive statement following his much-talked-about feud with Drake. The show, marking a symbolic victory lap, featured an electrifying highlight reel, particularly with Kendrick looping his track "Not Like Us" four times, even closing the performance with its instrumental.

It will now go down in history that Juneteenth 2024 was made memorable through Kendrick’s striking performance.

The event that started on high octane was by West Coast’s Hed and Mustard DJs, who never failed to entertain the crowd and had celebrities shaking their legs. It was not just a music show but a movie-turned-festival with celebrities like LeBron James and NBA teammates Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan, and James Harden.

As expected, popular artists made appearances, and one notable one was the boycott of Drake, who was seen later in the ceremony.

Star-Studded DJ Sets

The night’s DJ sets saw headliners Tyler, The Creator, YG, and Ty Dolla $ign, alongside performances by 310babiii, OhGeesy, KalanFrFr, and the iconic krump dancer Tommy The Clown.

Kendrick Lamar took the stage with no delay, opening his set with the powerful diss track "Euphoria," delivering a sharp critique of Drake’s reputation from his perspective. His TDE and Black Hippy groupmates, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul, joined him, enhancing the evening’s intensity with "6:16 in LA," another pointed jab at Drake.

The surprise of the night was the appearance of Kendrick’s mentor, Dr. Dre, who ignited the Kia Forum with classics like “Still D.R.E”. and “California Love,” seamlessly transitioning into Kendrick’s fiercest diss track against Drake.

Dr Dre’s exit, whispering the eerie “Psst... I see dead people” intro, set off the recurring "Not Like Us" performance, which continued to captivate the audience despite Kendrick censoring the word “paedophile”.

In a poignant climax, Kendrick united various L.A. gangs onstage, emphasizing unity and peace. Bloods, Crips, Pirus, and Hoovers stood together, driven by Kendrick’s heartfelt appeal for an end to gang violence, marking a powerful moment in the city's history.

As many now call him, King Kendrick truly delivered.