New footage of rap mogul Jay Z taking a moment to speak to hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar at last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles has surfaced online.
Although it’s unknown what they chatted about, Jay and K. Dot appeared to be in good spirits during the exchange.
Kendrick Lamar may not have won any awards at the Grammys tonight, but his performance of “M.A.A.D. City” alongside Imagine Dragons was one of the standout performances. After the award show ended, Jay Z and his close associate Tyran “TyTy” Smith came up to Kendrick and grabbed him by the shoulders. They weren’t attacking him; judging from the video uploaded by Top Dawg Entertainment’s president Dave Free, Jay and TyTy offered Kendrick some words of praise and encouragement. (Complex)
While Kendrick went home empty-handed, he left an impression on viewers with a big performance.
LL Cool J introduced the mash-up performance at the ceremony, with Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds offering up a verse of the band’s hit single on a gently smoking stage, before Kendrick arrived to the ‘YAK YAK YAK YAK’ of MAAD City. The Las Vegas-based band assumed percussion duty as Kendrick tore through the track, pounding an array of drums as powder bombs exploded. The performance seemed to go down well with the audience, with Lorde, Swift, Beyonce, Jay Z and rap rock forefather Steven Styler all seen dancing or dumbstruck. (The Independent)
Jay Z and producer Pharrell Williams snatched up some trophies last night.
Pharell Williams was named non-classical producer of the year, his work on among others Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky.” Rock icon Led Zeppelin won their first Grammy for best rock album, “Celebration Day,” from a concert they did seven years ago. Weird stuff like that is common at the Grammys. The video for “Suit and Tie,” Justin Timberlake‘s collaboration with Jay Z (the big nominee with nine) was named best music video. (SGV Tribune)
A few days ago, Kendrick spoke on what he learned from Jay’s protégé Kanye West after touring the country with him last year.
“Kanye taught me to never to downplay your ideas,” adds Lamar. “I learned to always stay as creative as possible and never have any boundaries. Those things that people called ‘rants’ on-stage are real conversations that we had behind closed doors — about business and how when you get to a certain level people won’t want to see you break through because they only see you as a rapper.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
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