Kendrick Lamar Plays 2 Shows at Roseland Ballroom

Kendrick Lamar plays two sold out shows at Roseland Ballroom in one night

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Kendrick Lamar plays two sold out shows at Roseland Ballroom in one night. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Fans cheer and scream as Kendrick Lamar takes the stage. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The show was a part of Hot 97's "5 Borough Takeover Tour" sponsored by Metro PCS. Photos by Michel Dussack
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It was also promoted by Governor's Ball, as Kendrick Lamar will be performing at the music festival in June. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The show marked Kendrick Lamar's first performance in NYC since his breakout major label debut album "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" was released in October. Photos by Michel Dussack
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That album has already been certified gold by the RIAA, and is well on it's way to becoming platinum. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The shows were excellent proof of why Kendrick Lamar has blown up, seemingly out of nowhere. He's worked hard for years perfecting what he does. Photos by Michel Dussack
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It's a testament to his hardcore following that there was a line around the block for his late show before the early show even began. Photos by Michel Dussack
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His set spanned just over an hour and included cuts from his latest album, his mixtape "Section.80", and his earlier EPs. Photos by Michel Dussack
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During each of his shows, he was also joined by several different special guests. Photos by Michel Dussack
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During the early show, he was joined by Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul who each shined with him for a song. Photos by Michel Dussack
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It was the late show however, that got the really special guests. Kendrick was joined by A$AP Rocky to perform a song together as well as 50 Cent and Tony Yayo for a performance of "We Up". Photos by Michel Dussack
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Despite all the special guests, Kendrick performed solo for most of both shows, proving that he is more than ready to tackle larger venues. Photos by Michel Dussack
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These shows were technically the second and third performances of the day for Kendrick, who also taped a performance on Letterman earlier in the day. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Given the demand for these shows, it wouldn't shock anyone to see Kendrick start to perform at venues with a much larger capacity than Roseland Ballroom. Photos by Michel Dussack
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And yet, for all the success that he's had so far, Kendrick has somehow remained humble, frequently thanking the crowd for all their support. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Indeed, when your major label debut is well on it's way to becoming platinum (as he pointed out last night), you know your dedicated fans are solely responsible. Photos by Michel Dussack
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As long as he keeps turning out music and performances as good as these, it's only a matter of time before Kendrick has several platinum albums under his belt and he's headlining arenas. Photos by Michel Dussack
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