The City of Los Angeles underestimated the tour de force that is Kendrick Lamar. Lamar, one of the hottest new rappers in the game thanks to his A+ debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, got the sound shut off by the LAPD during a surprise concert in Los Angeles last month. Footage of the massive show and images was just released, and it indeed was big.
The “Poetic Justice” rapper was performing a gig for Yahoo!’s Crash Concerts series on the eve of his LP’s release when the LAPD shut off his mic and speakers. Too many people showed up for the secret show on the corner of 12th and Figueroa, right next to LA’s Staples Center. The Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers, was packed as it was a game night and that also posed a crowd control threat for the city.
“I wanted to do something special . . . that actually made a point, made a statement,” Lamar told Yahoo! before the show. “Better to do it in our hometown, right after the Laker game. I’ve never done a surprise show like this.”
The streets were swarmed with people after Lamar tweeted the address of the gig earlier in the day. The number of civilians exceeded the limit allowed by the city, so police unplugged the rapper. The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper, donning his trademark T.D.E. red hoodie, got in three tracks though. Fans who made it out got to hear him perform “Swimming Pools,” “The Recipe,” and a track from Section.80.
Check out footage from the overcapacity show below.