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  /  11.13.2021


Kendrick Lamar returned to the spotlight Friday (Nov. 12) as the headliner for the first night of the 2021 Day N Vegas Festival. 

The K.Dot set was his first performance in two years, and based on attendees’ reactions on social media, the reclusive rapper didn’t disappoint. Cell phones lit up the Las Vegas Festival Grounds as soon as Kendrick reached the stage. He performed songs from Section.80, Good Kid M.A.A.D. City, To Pimp a Butterfly, and DAMN as concertgoers captured clips on their mobile devices — unsure of the next time the celebrated rapper will make a public appearance. 

On Twitter, fans discussed Kendrick’s triumphant return to the stage.

“no cause y’all simply don’t understand, Kendrick Lamar just performed an entire fucking MASTERPIECE at Day N Vegas Festival tonight. first performance of his in two years and it was both ethereal and otherworldly,” a fan who attended the show tweeted. 

Was supposed to see Kendrick Lamar in Oakland a few years ago but it didn’t happen so seeing him at Day N Vegas was a dream,” wrote another concertgoer. 

“this new Kendrick Lamar era gon be something,” one user tweeted.

“Nah but I’m grateful because I saw Kendrick Lamar perform with Baby Keem tonight. Blessed,” one fan tweeted.

“Yea that’s Kendrick Lamar… ya’ll be forgetting the bro is that dude,” tweeted Apple Music 1 host Ebro Darden. 

“Goosebumps witnessing a legend, Kendrick Lamar at Day N Vegas I will remember this day forever  #daynvegas2021,” tweeted @leslievillas

“Man…you can tell Kendrick missed the stage. I feel bad for ever questioning why he was performing old music. He really showed me something tonight. Like holy shit he’s the one,” one fan tweeted. 

“Kendrick Lamar did the DAMN thing tonight at DayNVegas,” another concertgoer added.

One Twitter user came up with an interesting prediction as to why K.Dot chose to perform songs from his previous albums. 

“Wait…what if Kendrick Lamar is performing Section.80-DAMN this weekend because it will be his last time performing his older music before the album drops?” wrote @thoughtfulbae. 

Despite witnessing what appeared to be a memorable performance by the Good Kid, fans left the show uncertain when they would hear the new music Kendrick says he’s been working on. The multi-platinum Grammy-award winning rapper is set to make an appearance at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J. Bilge on Feb. 13, 2022. “Vegas ‘til next time,” Lamar told the crowd before exiting the stage at Day N Vegas. “When I say next time, very soon. Vegas, I love y’all.”

Check out some of the tweets about Kendrick’s Day N Vegas performance below:

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