Rising West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar gave fans in Los Angeles a treat Wednesday (October 17) by trotting out Cali king Dr. Dre to perform their two collaborations from Lamar’s major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city (out October 22). Lamar started performing “Compton” and then Dre emerged for his verse as the crowd went berserk. Then he stuck around for their other tag team from the LP, “The Recipe.”
Dre hasn’t been this active and eager with a protege since Eminem emerged — it’s like Lamar somehow gets Dre to go into that fifth gear that we thought he traded in for Beats By Dre stock. And though K-Dot is nothing like Shady, you can see why Dre took him under his wing. In addition to the shared Compton roots, Lamar has a measured focus to his verses, with a flow that is neither aggressive nor low-key and stretches and snaps like a rubber band over numerous types of beats.