Kendrick Lamar Makes a Statement With Two Sold-Out New York Shows

A sold out show at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom is a goal for many artists. But for Kendrick Lamar, that’s nothing. Not only did he sell it out, but he did it twice. The rapper in in such high demand that he decided to perform two shows, one early and one latter.

The Compton bred rapper, who was dressed simply in a white t-shirt and black hat with a white “NY” on the front of it, had a few surprises for his audiences Tuesday night. The rapped killed his set, and to the crowd’s delight, decided to bring out a few friends. During his night show, Lamar had California-based rappers and label-mates ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock take the stage with him too. If that wasn’t enough, Lamar also brought out A$AP Rocky, who performed “Problems”, and 50 Cent. 50, who performed a few songs with Lamar and made the crowd go wild when he broke into “We Up”, which is the duo’s song together.

Lamar has been pretty busy lately. His album good kid, m.A.A.d city was certified gold by the RIAA, he debuted his video for “Poetic Justice”, the Janet Jackson-sampling collab with Drake last week, and performed the single on the Late Show with David Letterman before his show. With his critically acclaimed singles and growing fanbase, 2013 is looking to be Lamar’s year.—Anastasia Williams