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Kendrick Lamar's Historic Juneteenth The Pop-Out Concert Displayed Unity

By: Vanesta CeToute

Fulfilling his commitment, Kendrick Lamar hosted his Juneteenth concert titled "The Pop Out — Ken & Friends" yesterday, June 19th, at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California. The event, which sold out, drew 16,000 fans, while others streamed it live on Amazon Prime Video.

Kendrick Lamar started his concert with "Euphoria," dressed in a red hoodie, jeans, and Nike Shox, and reportedly wearing a $600,000 chain. During his performance of the diss track, he included a new line aimed at his opponent Drake. Swapping verses he stated, Give me Tupac’s ring back and I might give you a little respect. The remainder of his set included many of his popular songs such as "Swimming Pools", "HUMBLE," everyone's favorite "Alright" and of course all his latest diss tracks except for "Meet the Grahams". The Compton rapper performed "Not Like Us" five times in succession, and each time, the audience kept up without missing a beat.

K-Dot's concert wasn't simply generic but a moment to showcase West Coast pride. On stage, viewers got the chance to witness multiple other West Coast and L.A. artists and figures in their elements performing and enjoying themselves. Ken & Friends included Tyler, the Creator, YG, Roddy Ricch, Ty Dolla $ign, Dom Kennedy, Dr. Dre SchoolBoy Q, and Steve Lacy. In the audience, cameras spotted Lamar's fiance, Whitney Alford, NBA player Russell Westbrook Lebron James, SZA, and many other entertainers.

#ThePop Out was a moment for the culture, for hip-hop, for rap, for enjoyment, and for unity, as Kendrick stated while on stage.


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