Kendrick Lamar

Hard Rock Café, Oct. 19

West Coast hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar came into town on BET’s Music Matters Tour headlining a bill that featured Stalley, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. Prepping the imminent release of his debut album, Good Kid., m.A.A.d. City, “K-Dot” got the crowd moving with mixtape and indie releases such as “Hol’ Up” and “A.D.H.D.,” which were received with high praise from a diverse crowd. Lamar rhymed to songs such as “Cut You Off (To Grow Closer),” showing off his lyrical skills. Tracks such as “The Spiteful Chant” and “Michael Jordan” prompted the audience to go word for word with him. Lamar ended with a rousing ode to L.A.’s women, weed and weather with his first major debut single, “The Recipe.” ★★★☆☆