By: Stephanie Saccente
Kendrick Lamar performed a sold-out concert at the Del Mar fair on June 28, 2013 and in a little over an hour performance, the 26-year old rap star had the audience on their feet the whole time.
Before coming to San Diego, Lamar had been performing consecutive concerts since April 28 and after being on tour for the past few months, the rapper continuously stressed how great it was to be back in California, his home state. Lamar performed a variety of his music including songs from early EPs and his first album to current favorites such as "Swimming Pools (Drank)." The audience was energetic through out the concert and seemed to know the words to almost every song.
While the concert was great overall and it really highlighted how far the young rapper has come, I wish he would have spent more time performing rather than trying to please the crowd as much as he did. He spent a great majority of the concert having the crowd compete against themselves in who could be the loudest. While this could be fun the first time around, after the third time it felt monotonous and almost a little boring. Lamar said he has done this at every concert on the tour thus far in search of which audience had his "most dedicated fans." That night he awarded the San Diego audience with that title.
Lamar ended his concert by inviting three fans from the audience on stage with him to help perform his final song. He told the audience that he chose the fans based on who he saw singing his songs, dancing and having a great time overall. One of the girls he invited on stage was celebrating her birthday that night and Lamar even coordinated for the whole audience to sing "happy birthday" to her.
The concert was a great showcase of Lamar's music career and I'm interested to see how far he will go in the next few years. Lamar recently won big at the BET awards on June 30 winning the award for best new artist, male hip-hop artist and collaboration.