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A king shares his crown as Kendrick Lamar brings 'Damn' to Coachella

A king shares his crown as Kendrick Lamar brings 'Damn' to Coachella

The first time Kendrick Lamar appeared at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, in 2012, he was months away from releasing his major-label debut, “good kid, m.A.A.d city.”

Nobody was yet calling him the most important rapper alive, as he’s regularly described these days, but his impressive early work had lifted him to an enviable spot: He played an afternoon solo set on the prestigious festival’s main stage, then dropped in with two of his benefactors, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, during their cameo-packed headlining gig.

Five years later, Lamar was the one bringing out guests — Future, Travis Scott and Schoolboy Q — when he closed Coachella’s first weekend on Sunday night....

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