Kendrick Lamar kicked off 2018 with an electrifying halftime performance at the 2018 NCAA Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta on Monday (Jan. 8).
Kung Fu Kenny hit the outdoor stage at Centennial Olympic Park for a four-song medley of hits. Bundled up in a fur-lined parka and crisp white Nike “Cortez Kenny” sneakers, Compton’s finest started with “DNA.” before launching into “ELEMENT.”
Basked in red lights, the stage was reminiscent of last year’s sold-out “DAMN Tour.” and his festival sets, with a giant screen above and behind him. As flames shot up, he launched into his chart-topping hit “HUMBLE.” as the audience mouthed along to every word.
Sans SZA, he closed with the first performance of “All the Stars” from the upcoming Black Panther soundtrack.
“This is TDE. Black Panther,” said Kendrick before capping off the 9-minute set.
The performance was followed by a preview of Marvel’s Black Panther film, for which Kendrick and TDE produced and curated the entire soundtrack. The clip featured new music from Kendrick.
The movie hits theaters Feb. 16, while the soundtrack arrives Feb. 9.