With “Compton” written across a silhouette of Africa behind him, Kendrick Lamar brought his six minute Grammy performance to a close. In his few minutes onstage, Kendrick taught us a lesson in racism and the black experience.
He let the melancholy acoustic guitar riff of his masterpiece, “Ayo for Yayo” loop as the audience went bonkers. He touched outstretched hands and extended the mic to us so we could finish off the final chorus a capella. He turned to the crowd, inhaled deeply and hollered, “Make some noise for drugs and alcohol baby!”