The first Grammy performance of the night worthy of repeat viewing. There was a lot to unpack, and Lamar standing on stage with the word "Compton" superimposed over Africa will no doubt be the night's lasting image. Suffice to say, Lamar made the case that the album of the year should be his, as his six or so minutes on stage were a rush of topical, historical and political images. It was protest music on a grand scale.
There were a number of bracing images in the performance -- a jail cell, handcuffs, a riot. It was hectic, it was aggressive, it was free jazz, it was confrontational. "You hate my people," he rapped, his voice coated in venom and a rasp. "The Blacker the Berry" led into "Alright," the latter delivered with a constant, strobe-like set-up. The camera cut left, cut right, and Lamar delivered one lyrical punch after another.