In this year’s edition of the Glastonbury festival, one of the most powerful headliners was definitely the multitalented, Compton-raised Pulitzer prize winner hip hop legend Kendrick Lamar who blew the audience’s minds with his performance.
During his presentation on the Pyramid Stage, he played some of the songs from his long-awaited album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which was his first album in 5 years following big rumors of him being close to retirement, but it seems that he is one of the voices that we need the most during these trying times.
Above everything else, Lamar is a poet, and that can be easily seen and heard with his lyricism and rhythm, but most importantly his message, a message of anger, desperation, compassion, peace, and hope all wrapped into one.
With a big choreography worthy of any theatrical performance he is a master of the stage, he stands his ground as a no holds barred hip hop performer that is not afraid of making the crowd feel uncomfortable with the highly political stance when necessary while also making attendees rage with bangers like “King Kunta” or “Alright“.
In the midst of this weekend’s surprising SCOTUS stance on reproductive rights for women, he took it upon himself to relay the powerful and biblical message, charged with religious artifacts and wearing a bejeweled crown of thorns, he left it all on stage with blood on his shirt screaming “They judge you, they judged Christ, Godspeed for women’s rights” over and over again until he left the stage and left everyone in awe.