Kendrick Lamar, a lyrical genius and powerhouse in the world of hip-hop, has captivated audiences around the globe with his thought-provoking lyrics and powerful performances. As fans eagerly anticipate his upcoming show In South Africa at the ‘Hey Neighbour’ festival in December, the question on my mind is: which songs should he perform to create an unforgettable concert experience? Like a true die hard KDOT fan (see what I did there?), allow me to curate the ultimate setlist, showcasing the tracks that would make his upcoming show an absolute masterpiece.
BEFORE WE GET INTO THIS, IN MY PERFECT WORLD, I WOULD BE SCREAMING EACH AN EVERY LYRIC FROM THIS ENTIRE LIST! Okay, let’s begin.
1. “M.A.A.D City”
Off the rip, “M.A.A.D City” is a hip-hop masterpiece that seamlessly blends his intricate storytelling with an insanely pulsating beat. The song’s energy is contagious, making it an ideal choice to kick off the show and immediately immerse the audience into Kendrick Lamar’s world.
Moving into a more introspective and emotive territory, “Savior” showcases Lamar’s lyrical prowess and his ability to convey profound emotions. The song’s soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics would provide a poignant moment in the concert, allowing fans to connect with the artist on a deeper level.
“ELEMENT” is a prime example of Lamar’s ability to infuse his music with raw authenticity. The track’s powerful flow and unapologetic attitude would resonate with all his fans, creating an boastful atmosphere during the performance.
As an anthem of resilience and hope, “Alright” is a must-have on the setlist. The song’s catchy chorus and socially conscious lyrics have turned it into an anthem for change, and witnessing Lamar perform it live would undoubtedly be a powerful experience.
5. “King Kunta”
With its infectious rhythm and clever wordplay, “King Kunta” is a crowd-pleaser that encourages audience participation. Lamar’s charismatic delivery and the song’s funk-infused vibes would get everyone grooving along.
6. “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Slowing things down, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” takes a deep dive into the complexities of alcoholism, something many of you can relate to (lol). This introspective track would offer a moment of reflection and contemplation for both himself and the audience.
“PRIDE.” provides a thought-provoking interlude that showcases Kendrick’s ability to convey vulnerability and introspection. Its atmospheric sound and emotive lyrics would captivate the crowd.
For a dose of thought-provoking social commentary, “XXX.” is an excellent choice. Its shifting perspectives and exploration of societal issues would create a conversation-starting moment during the show.
Bringing a touch of romance to the setlist, “LOVE.” allows Lamar to showcase his versatility as an artist. The song’s melodic chorus and heartfelt lyrics would provide a memorable change of pace.
Returning to high-octane energy, “DNA.” would inject a surge of excitement into the show. Its rapid-fire verses and intense beat would keep the audience on their feet.
As Kendrick Lamar prepares to take the stage in Pretoria, this selection of songs is pivotal in creating an immersive and unforgettable experience. By weaving together a combination of his signature hits, introspective tracks, and socially charged anthems, Lamar can offer a performance that not only entertains but also resonates with his fans on a profound level. Each song serves as a unique thread in the intricate tapestry of his artistry, and together, they will undoubtedly craft a spellbinding concert that will be remembered for years to come.
Also, I will be taking donations for a flight and tickets to this show. Seriously, help me.
Written by: Chazz Mubita