Kendrick Lamar performs new single ‘i’ live for the first time – watch

Rapper included the song in a surprise set at the 'We Day Toronto' educational event

Kendrick Lamar has performed his new single ‘i’ live for the very first time.

AllHipHop reports that the rapper was a surprise guest at We Day Toronto, an educational event that aims to inspire youth to get involved in social change. Lamar played to a crowd of over 20,000 students, teachers and guests at the Air Canada Centre. Click above to watch a fan-recorded video.

Last week, the 27-year-old revealed that he turned up at singer Ronald Isley’s house to personally ask permission to sample The Isley Brothers’ 1973 track ‘That Lady’ for the song.

“I actually had to go to St Louis and get the blessings from Ronald Isley,” he told Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One.

“That was a trip. We got in the studio and just vibed and talked about how things were back then and how they are now, and you can actually hear him on the record with a few ad libs that he actually did. We got it on camera and things like that, it’s a beautiful thing.”

Lamar also spoke of his hope to release a new album before the end of the year. “I’m hoping to get it out before the end of the year. I have a lot of great pieces where if my hand was forced to put it out tomorrow, I’d be comfortable with it. But, me being a perfectionist at heart, I really like to sit in with records and not only make it 100 per cent, but 110 per cent.”