Kendrick Lamar Headlines Glastonbury Festival, Address Roe Vs. Wade –

Kendrick Lamar put on an epic performance with his closing headliner at the UK’s Glastonbury Festival on Sunday June 26. From triumph to reflection to rage, the rap star evoked a range of emotions in the rabid crowd as he performed songs from his discography.

Two years after Lamar was announced as a performer for the Glastonbury 50th Anniversary Festival and the global peak of the COVID pandemic, Lamar finally took the stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, England. However, during the delay, the rapper released his latest studio album.Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, and made key cuts throughout the evening.

Opening with “United in Grief” and increasing the energy with “N95”, K. Dot went through tracks from different periods of his career and returning to the Good kid, MAAD City joins “Money Trees”, “The Art of Peer Pressure”, and “Swimming Pools (Drank)”. From there, the Compton native immersed himself in his Pulitzer Prize-winning opus Pimp a butterfly, brought the funk with “King Kunta” and reminded attendees and home stream viewers to be “Humble.” He also spoke about power to the people with his social justice anthem “Alright”.

Kendrick Lamar performs on the Pyramid Stage during day five of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2022 in Glastonbury, England.

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Performing on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, Kendrick, whose performance was devoid of surprise guests, was joined on stage by various groups of background dancers throughout the night, including during his impassioned performance of “Savior “, a time when he used to take a political stance while chastising the powers that be.

Dressed in a white shirt, black pants, and wearing a diamond-encrusted crown of thorns on his head, Lamar addressed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a hot topic that has inspired protests and backlash against the new legislation.

“They judge you, they judge Christ. Godspeed for women’s rights,” Kendrick sings repeatedly as (what appears to be) blood drips from his crown onto his face and shirt before abruptly snapping the microphone and walking off stage. The momentum was unexpected, captivating and powerful all at once, which has come to be considered standard fare whenever discussing anything relating to the rap icon.

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s powerful performances of “Humble” and “Saviour” below.

Jan G. Gilbert