Kendrick tells crowd that Bey inspired him to start rapping
During his headlining set at the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal last night (August 1), Kendrick Lamar was joined by Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, for a performance of the Compton rapper’s latest single ‘Alright’. Scroll down to watch fan-recorded footage.
According to Pigeons and Planes, the surprise collaboration came about when Kendrick spotted Bey side-stage during the show. After some prodding, the MC and occasional actor joined Lamar on-stage for, first, ‘King Kunta’, and then, ‘Alright’. Kendrick even told the crowd that Mos had inspired him to start rapping.
‘Alright’ appears on Lamar’s latest album, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. The song encourages listeners to stand strong through hard times and was last week (July 26) heard being chanting during a protest against police harassment after a Black Lives Matter conference being held at Cleveland State University turned contentious.
Protestors shouted the track’s “we gon’ be alright” chorus in solidarity after a 14-year-old was taken in by police after allegedly being intoxicated on a bus across the street from the convention. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority later confirmed that cops used pepper spray on the gathered crowd. There were no arrests. Click below to watch footage of the protest.
Also last night, Kendrick performed his verse from A$AP Rocky’s ‘Fuckin’ Problems’ over his mentor Dr Dre’s ‘Xxplosive’ (see below). He’s set to guest on Dre’s forthcoming new album ‘Compton: A Soundtrack’. The producer’s first LP in 16 years is due out August 7.