Kendrick Lamar & Chance The Rapper Freestyled With Earth, Wind & Fire at Bonnaroo


Well, this was a surprise for the ages.

Last night, Bonnaroo unearthed a very special surprise, as Earth, Wind & Fire brought out Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar for an unexpected freestyle session. While we can only hope that this manifests into some sort of studio collaboration – because face it, that would be amazing – we can still enjoy some shaky but revealing footage of the performance and crowd energy last night.

Watch below.

(The Fader)

  • It is good to see Kendrick smiling, despite the horrific acts of child abuse he, his siblings, neighborhood friends, elementary and JHS classmates were exposed to, causing Kendrick to rap about being a depressed adolescent in his 2015 Grammy Award winning performance of ,”I”.

    In a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview Kendrick, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote a song about child abuse and VICTIM DENIAL that was nominated for a Grammy award, he told the interviewer:

    “Lamar’s parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. “My mom’s one of 13 [THIRTEEN] siblings, and they all got SIX kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton,” he says.”

    “I’m 6 years old, seein’ my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin’ dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, ’cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like ‘Average Joe.'”

    I grew up enjoying the sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire.

    Had EW&F written music that characterized females, aka our moms, sisters, grandmas and daughters, as witches and bhores, as many of today’s music performers characterize women, I’m pretty certain I would have thought these guys were troubled human beings, much like I believe many of today’s performers are troubled victims of early child abuse that causes them to demean females.

    Good to see Kendrick rubbing elbows with peaceful composers and talented musicians who write music that makes a large segment of our human population want to smile, dance, love and respect women.