Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA has weighed in on the eyebrows Kendrick Lamar raised last weekend when he appeared to channel late group member Ol’ Dirty Bastard on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” broadcast.
Instead of taking offense, RZA said he felt K. Dot used his attire and mannerisms to pay homage.
During the birthday celebration, a friend of RZA’s showed him Kendrick’s performance. “He just said to me, ‘Yo I just feel like Kendrick is showing respect to Dirty right now, do you see this,'” he recalled. “I looked at it and said, ‘Wow, that looks [like] respect to me too.'” (MTV)
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Bobby Digital also went on to acknowledge how much of an impact ODB continues to have a decade since his passing.
“Dirty is a unique MC, a unique artist that’s in our time period of this world. And it’s good when you see other artists — whether it was done intentionally, maybe he didn’t even think that… it definitely made me nod my head,” RZA said. “We miss Ason, see miss him.” (MTV)
The rap superstar performed his buzzing “i” single on “Saturday Night Live.”
For his first set, Lamar brought out a full live band and a chorus of backup singers for the as-yet-unnamed new album’s first single, the Isley brothers-sampling “i.” Wearing creepy black contacts and punctuating the beat with frenetic, jerking choreography, Lamar dedicated the song to his homies in the pen. (Rolling Stone)
The rap heavyweight also raised eyebrows with his on-screen “SNL” attire.
Not only did Kendrick appear in a skit called “Young Tarts & Old Farts, but the Compton rapper performed twice, including a performance with Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk and rapper Jay Rock. While the rapping was on point, of course, one of the most notable parts of Kendrick’s triumphant return was his attire: The Compton star rocked his hair half-braided and wore all black contacts in his eyes. (Madame Noire)