When I first heard that Kendrick Lamar was going to perform in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas…my hands started to shake. My friends know me as that white boy that spazzes a lot to rap music. The thing is that Kendrick Lamar’s “Faith” had changed my whole perspective on life. His music showed a light in rap that I had never seen, like a different color in a ray of light that I had never seen.
This would be my 3rd show hosted by Score More Shows. They’re one of the up and coming concert promoters in Texas right now, and they’ve brought me XV twice, Chip Tha Ripper, Wale, Black Cobain, and Trae Tha Truth. Next month they’re bringing me Big K.R.I.T and Bun B. This is all within a 70 mile radius of me. It’s a dream come true for a fellow South Texan where all you hear is club rap and bangers on the local radio stations.
I went to a graffiti paint shop on San Pedro called “Montana.” Kendrick was supposed to do a meet-n-greet there. He ended up showing 90 minutes late. Myself and my friend were the first ones to meet him. I told him that “Faith” changed my life. He looked exhausted. He performed in Houston, Dallas, and in Austin just last night. I hope he knew that the track “Faith” had changed my life. He told me he appreciated it and signed my photo. Jay Rock was sitting next to him. They both gladly took a photo with me, which is something I will probably hang on to for a while, especially once Kendrick Lamar hits it big (that’s if the mainstream media will let good socially conscious rap thrive again).
Myself and my favorite rapper, Mr. Kendrick Lamar. He put on the best rap show I've ever seen.
I told Jay Rock to keep it “G.” Jay Rock’s face lit up and told me that he had really appreciated that. I thought it was pretty humorous coming from a white boy living in South Texas.
The original "G," Mr. Jay Rock of Black Hippy.
The only disappoint was that the meet-n-greet kept me from getting to the venue early. The concert took place at The White Rabbit. I remember in high school it was used for punk and indie rock bands. We Score More had brought Big Sean to the White Rabbit in December. That whole block on St. Mary’s St., which is down the school from where I went to high school, is really coming alive again.
My friend and I went inside and we were quite disappointed that even though it was a Sunday night, we were far in the back. We tried our best to get through the front, but no luck. The only thing I hate about these concerts is that we have to listen to local hip-hop artists perform for about 2 hours. We watched probably four different artists. One of them had a 14 year old Caucasian yelling “SWAG SWAG SWAG SWAG” throughout the set. Everyone just stared in the distance hoping the torture would end. How can you perform music like that when you’re at a K.Dot concert, who is one of the most intellectual rappers we have today?
Another laughable feat was when the DJ asked the crowd if they liked YMCMB. Everyone booed and threw up the middle finger. The DJ tried to play it off and say “Yeah…I respect that.” Then he proceeded to play Lil Wayne and Drake.
After being inside the venue for about 3 hours, SchoolBoy Q came out and pumped the crowd up. Q was a last minute addition to the concert. He really tore the roof off, and prepared everyone for Kendrick. I was never more excited in my life. The man I’ve been bumping consistently for exactly a year was in my hometown about to give a performance that I’ve heard was legendary.
ScHoolboy Q really brought that fire we needed to get pumped for Kendrick Lamar.
In my mind, Kendrick Lamar’s performance was legendary. He communicates and interacts with a crowd like no other artist. He knows how to connect with people, which is obviously shown in his records. I screamed when he performed “ADHD” and I spazzed once again when he spit “Rigamortus.” I was having a musical seizure that I had no control over. Only Kendrick Lamar can give you intense music like this.
I didn’t expect him to rhyme out all of “Look Out for Detox,” which is the freestyle that went viral on Youtube. It was dope, of course. But no one was expecting what was about to happen.
Kendrick looked to Black Hippy who was sitting in the back watching his performance. He noticed this white kid laying back with his arms crossed. “I see these motherfuckers hating. Like this motherfucker in the back with his arms crossed like he can kill me. Mother fucker, show me what you got.” This chubby white/pink individual came up, who was wearing a Section.80 t-shirt (like I was wearing, but had a faint printing on it), came up and grabbed a mic. He started to slowly rhyme “Look Out for Detox.” Everyone was yelling and cheering.
Then the albino child exploded and the crowd went nuts. Everyone was jumping around, and moshing over a fat white kid who could spit out “Look Out for Detox” perfectly. The DJ cut the music and the kid finished the whole verse. Kendrick looked amazed and admitted that he killed him on his own song. He went on to perform “The Spiteful Chant” with SchoolBoy Q and had the rest of the Black Hippy group come and perform.
Jay Rock giving Kendrick Lamar a break performing in San Antonio, Texas
Ab-Soul of Black Hippy spittin' "Gone Insane"
Kendrick went up to a girl and asked her if she had a boyfriend. She responded no, and Kendrick went on to recite “Tammy’s Song.” Then to make amends with the female fan, he had Jay Rock perform a solo for her. Then he proceeded to do a backflip. Kendrick joked and said that Jay Rock was doing a back-flip for the pussy. It was one helluva sight to see.
The two rappers I met this particular evening, Kendrick Lamar & Jay Rock.
As you can assume, I screamed the words of “HiiPoWeR.” Sadly, Kendrick only did one verse of HiiPoWeR. The concert was over. I went to the merch booth and bought a TDE t-shirt. I turned around and saw Jay Rock talking to the fans in the courtyard. I went up to Jay and thanked him for the music he makes. He seemed happy for another compliment. I always deemphasize giving compliments, and I don’t know why…
Kendrick Lamar did an amazing show here in the great city of San Antonio.
I went to the back of the venue toward my car, and I saw Ab-Soul talking to some fans. I first yelled “YOU’RE THE SHIT AB-SOUL!” He yelled back a thank you. I hesitated, but went for it and yelled back “Yo, SOUL! Can I get a picture?”
“Sure thing, man.”
I ran over and took a picture of Ab-Soul and held up my new TDE t-shirt.
Ab-Soul and myself showing our love for some great music. Such a cool guy...
I drove to the nearest Valero going toward SAC. There was a homeless man that was trying to buy a hot dog and a soda. He was short a dollar. I gave him a dollar, because I just felt so good.
That’s what I loved about Kendrick. After every track, he would recite the lyrics with his fans. It was like he was making sure they memorized all the words. In which we did. There must have been 200 people in that venue. I feel like those were the only 200 people that had ever listened or heard of Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick Lamar’s music is for those that are on a sublime level of thinking. They truly see their blessings, and they try their best to count them. They see the positives in experiences like this, and try to build a better place to live. I love Kendrick’s positivity and passion. He’s a hip-hop artist that is rare nowadays, despite the many subgenres of hip-hop that exists.
Thank you for the best concert, ever.
*Note: All pictures and videos were taken by me. Please click to view the larger picture.