THESE WALLS (FEAT. NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA) – KENDRICK LAMAR

Yesterday Kendrick Lamar performed some of his biggest hits alongside Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra in front of a crowd of 2,500 at the Kennedy Center. I mean, this is what art is all about: collaboration, experimentation, creativity, imagination. Think about it, there’s some interesting work at play here. The joint performance by the NSO and Kendrick challenges our traditional view of high and low art. Really, orchestral rap? Damn straight, orchestral rap! What is genre anyway? It’s a question that has been raised by artists since we began slicing and dicing music into categories. What I take away from the NSO/Kendrick collab is that no matter how hard we try to slice and dice, some soundslike resilient pound dogswill always evade the bad and tag. The result? Something truly inspiring. Just listen to that sax around the 2:40 mark!

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