Grammys: Kendrick Lamar Invokes Politics, History in Powerful Performance

“kendrick was spitting FIRE i felt my soul ascend into heaven during his performance,” tweets one fan

Kendrick Lamar brought the roof down at the Grammy Awards with a powerful performance invoking decades of musical and American history, shortly after dedicating his first trophy of the night to the rappers who came before him.

Dressed in a prison uniform, with a black eye, surrounded by flames and dancers in traditional African garb, Lamar condensed blues, jazz and hip-hop into one of the most political and explosive moments of the night.

Lamar did a medley of “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” and concluded his set silhouetted against a lit-up display of the continent of Africa, with the word Compton written across it. The Compton native received a key to his hometown Saturday.

Needless to say, the performance set social media ablaze.

“kendrick was spitting FIRE i felt my soul ascend into heaven during his performance,” said one fan on Twitter after the performance.

“After Kendrick everyone should just go home,” said famous fan Debra Messing.