home  |  celeb  |  music  |  movie  |  tv
Home > Music News

Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore Perform at 2013 Paid Dues Festival

April 1, 2013, 8:27 am GMT

The best in hip-hop, from legendary acts to current chart-toppers, gathered at this California music fest on Saturday.



No less than this year's hottest MC, Kendrick Lamar, graced the Paid Dues Independent Hip-Hop Festival in San Bernardino, California on Saturday, March 30. The West Coast rap artist, together with the rap duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were among the rookies who performed alongside such veterans as Immortal Technique and De La Soul at the San Manuel Amphitheatre from the music fest's previous venue at the National Orange Show.

Lamar performed his hit "B*tch Don't Kill My Vibe" as part of Los Angeles rap crew Black Hippy's headlining set. In a simple, low-key white hooded shirt, the "Poetic Justice" rapper showed the crowd why he was named by MTV's Hip-Hop Brain Trust as the best MC today.

Meanwhile, the funky pair of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dished out their hit "Thrift Shop" to kick off their performance. "We didn't sign sh*t. That sh*t went to No. 1 on the strength of the people," Macklemore declared to the jam-packed crowd, highlighting their success story. "We put out that song, and it went No. 1 on Billboard and it's an independent record."

The rap twosome then went on with their set that consisted of such tunes as the seemingly simple yet deep single "Wings", "Can't Hold Us" with Ray Dalton and the timely song "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert, in a week that saw the Supreme Court facing gay marriage cases. The 29-year-old Seattle-based Macklemore, who admittedly spent most of his twenties fighting drug addiction, also performed his anti-drug anthem "Other Side" for the thousands in the audience.

Kendrick Lamar performs "B*tch Don't Kill My Vibe":


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performs "Thrift Shop":


More Kendrick Lamar News

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Creed's Frontman Scott Stapp Is Broke and Homeless

November 27, 2014, 1:27 am GMT

Natalie Portman in Talks to Join Steve Jobs Biopic

November 27, 2014, 1:20 am GMT

Garth Brooks Cancels TV Appearances Following Grand Jury's Decision in Ferguson Case

November 27, 2014, 1:15 am GMT

One Direction Makes Billboard Hot 200 History as 'FOUR' Debuts at No. 1

November 27, 2014, 1:07 am GMT

Joni Mitchell Explains Why She Shut Down Biopic Starring Taylor Swift

November 26, 2014, 4:23 pm GMT

Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger Lick and Kiss in Photobooth

November 26, 2014, 3:37 pm GMT

'Justice League: Dark' Script Is Finished

November 26, 2014, 9:21 am GMT

New Bill Cosby Accuser Goes Public After His Nephew Defends Him Against Rape Claims

November 26, 2014, 9:11 am GMT
Switch to Desktop Version.