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Power 106 FM's Cali Christmas at the Gibson Amphitheatre
Power 106 FM's Cali Christmas at the Gibson Amphitheatre

“All my life I want money and power,” Kendrick Lamar raps in his song “Backseat Freestyle,” and less than three months after the release of his major-label debut, the Compton MC appears to be enjoying plenty of both. A deft reimagining of West Coast gangsta rap, Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city” – which entered Billboard’s album chart at No. 2 in October, behind only Taylor Swift’s “Red” -- is cropping up near the top of countless best-of-2012 lists, including those of Rolling Stone, SPIN and the Los Angeles Times. And when the rapper emerged onstage Friday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre, he did so wearing crisp black...

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