During his headlining set on the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal the other day (August 1), Kendrick Lamar was joined by Mos Def, now generally known as Yasiin Bey, for the performance in the Compton rapper’s latest single ‘Alright’. Scroll right down to watch fan-recorded footage.
According to Pigeons and Planes, the surprise collaboration took place when Kendrick spotted Bey side-stage through the show. After some prodding, the MC and occasional actor joined Lamar on-stage for, first, ‘King Kunta’, then, ‘Alright’. Kendrick even told the bunch that Mos had inspired him to start out rapping.
‘Alright’ appears on Lamar‘s latest album, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. The song encourages listeners to square strong through misfortune and was the other day (July 26) heard being chanting after a protest against police harassment after having a Black Lives Matter conference being held at Cleveland State University turned contentious.
Protestors shouted the track’s “we gon’ be alright” chorus in solidarity after the 14-year-old was consumed by police after allegedly being intoxicated with a bus down the street from the convention. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority later confirmed that cops used pepper spray around the gathered crowd. There were no arrests. Click below to view footage from the protest.
Also the other day, Kendrick performed his verse from A$AP Rocky’s ‘Fuckin’ Problems’ over his mentor Dr Dre’s ‘Xxplosive’ (see below). He’s set to guest on Dre’s forthcoming new album ‘Compton: A Soundtrack’. The producer’s first LP in 16 years is born out August 7.