Kendrick Lamar - The DAMN. Tour

I had the opportunity to watch Kendrick Lamar open for Kanye West in November of 2013 but passed on it to watch A Tribe Called Quest (my favorite Hip Hop group) perform instead. I’m sure Kendrick gave a great performance during that concert as you could tell from his 1st album that he was going to be a great artist (and he is). I reflected on that thought for a moment while I was watching Kendrick perform at The Prudential Center during The DAMN. Tour. As a fan of his, I’m so glad I was able to make it out to this show in Newark, at that moment in time and not in the past (the wait was well worth it). He is absolutely amazing to watch live, and I truly appreciated everything that he did during this concert.

Hip Hop is very personal to me for many reasons (one day I will write a post about how & why) but I felt like that little kid that used to get mix tapes that my brother brought home from Stereo Palace in Harlem when Kid Capri came out to introduce Kendrick Lamar. I was already hyped to watch this concert but for me it was a nice touch. You could tell that this concert was well planned in its theme of martial arts (thank you for being tasteful about it). From the pyrotechnics, martial artists showing us their beautiful styles, to the woman dancing (she was getting it in), and Kendrick rhyming sideways for a little bit, this was a night that I will always remember. The one thing that stood out to me at this concert was the look on Kendrick’s face as the crowd recited all of HUMBLE., that was an amazing experience to be a part of as a fan, you could see that it was to him as a performer as well. 

I am an event photographer and took as many pictures as I could but wanted to be in the moment as a fan and I eventually put my camera down. I found myself loosening up my crossed arm, head nodding movements, that J.Cole talked about New Yorkers doing, during his concert earlier this month and let myself enjoy being there. I came home sore from dancing around and hoarse from reciting everything throughout the night. I’d definitely purchase tickets to watch him perform again. 

J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only Concert

I ran into a friend of mine at work the day before the second show of J.Cole’s concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I was checking my email as I ran into her and said damn, there is a concert happening tonight and tomorrow and I wish I knew in advance. She asked me who was performing and if I wanted to go. From the pics you can see that I said yes. We made sure to get there to catch the opening acts as one of my favorite musicians was opening (Anderson Paak). All opening acts were really good (check out Ari Lennox) but I do wish Anderson Paak had a longer set(he was so damn good). 

J.Cole did not disappoint anyone that night as well. His energy was really good and he didn’t lose the crowd at all the entire night. It was a packed house and there were so many different kinds of people at this concert enjoying his music. The one thing that stood out to me the most was when J.Cole started speaking to the crowd and was talking about sometimes to just be in the moment. You don’t always have to plan out everything, that it’s okay to just live in the moment. This stood out to me because my entire reason for being at that concert was because my friend and I decided to do just that. It’s so easy to forget to be spontaneous sometimes. 

J.Cole, I really tried to loosen my NYC chill mode stance at this concert. NYC guys aren’t the only ones that cross their arms at concerts, nodding their heads enjoying the music. I don’t know what to do with myself if I’m not documenting events (ha). I’d definitely see J.Cole again in concert as he has good music and can perform live. 

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