GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Whether you are an R&B, House Music, or Jazz fan you will still like Kendrick Lamar’s performance.
Lamar performed at O’Connell Center at the University of Florida with a crowd of nearly 10,000 people on Feb. 26. His fans showed him much appreciation by screaming his name “Kendrick, Kendrick!” at the end of his performance. The rapper almost got emotional.
Student Government at the University of Florida organized the event in order to celebrate Black History Month.
Lamar’s concert opened up with two-time Grammy Award-Winning R&B singer, Melanie Fiona. The 29-year-old sang her most recent hits: “It Kills Me,” “Fool For You,” “Give It To Me Right,” “Somebody Get Me,” and her other hit song that elated her fans the most, “4 AM.”
Fiona showed her love for the Gators by showing up in a sleeveless Gator top telling the students how much she really likes to perform for college students, and at the end she did the Gator Chomp (Gators’ sign to show appreciation at Florida games).
Fiona also showed some appreciation for the Caribbean natives by asking the crowd who was Caribbean. She performed Lauryn Hill’s most known hit song, “Killing Me Softly.”
She sang “Somebody Get Me.” A reggae song to show a bit of Caribbean pride because she herself is of Caribbean descent. She is originally from Toronto, Canada. Her parents are Guyanese.
After Fiona’s performance, Kendrick Lamar finally came on stage, performing: “F**kin’ Problems,” “Poetic Justice,” “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Backseat Freestyle,” “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” and many more.
“Poetic Justice” seems to be the song that is typically played on radios. However, Lamar’s fans had a bigger reaction when he sang “F**kin’ Problems.” The song was the life of the whole performance. It took Lamar’s performance to a new level, leaving girls screaming with signs that read “I Love Kendrick.”
The rapper also took a different angle on how he performed. Instead of having a set list of songs to perform, he asked the crowd which songs they wanted to hear.
Asking the crowd what song they wanted him to perform was an asset to his show. The crowds’ eardrums were fully satisfied.
Lamar first ended the concert briefly; however, his fans screamed for an encore song. He then performed two more songs and that was when the crowd showed their love for Lamar. Ten thousand people screamed “Kendrick, Kendrick!” The artist was left stunned, staring around the stadium.