According to Arsenio Hall, Kendrick Lamar is the reason he came back to late night. So it’s safe to say the host was pretty excited to have the young rapper take The Arsenio Hall Show stage last night (September 17) to perform his song, “m.A.A.d City.”
With a full band behind him, Kendrick got hard, spitting “If Pirus and Crips all got along/ They’d probably gun me down by the end of this song/ Seems like the whole city go against me/ Every time I’m in the street I hear/ Yawk yawk yawk yawk.”
Later, Lamar brought out Schoolboy Q to do Q’s new track, “Collard Greens” from his upcoming album, Oxymoron. (Watch the bleep-filled performance below.)
In an interview with Radio.com, Lamar said Q would be the next member of his Black Hippy crew to release an album. “I think the schedule’s really making sure Schoolboy Q is solidified as an artist of his own caliber,” Lamar said. “Then after that we might go full service with it. That will be the plan, as soon as we get it off the ground with Q.”
Kendrick also talked about being a kid and seeing Dr. Dre and Tupac filming the video for “California Love” in his hometown of Compton. Fifteen years later, Lamar was in the studio with Dre and he was able to tell him he was there that night watching him. Watch the interview, where he also talks about being praised by Ice Cube, below.