Kendrick Lamar performed Thursday night inside dome on the beach as part of the Art Basel Miami Beach festivities.
Midway through the show he took several water bottles from stage and passed them out to the audience. By the end, the Grammy-award winning singer thanked the crowd of about 400, guessing that some had “lost 10 pounds in sweat.”
“That’s enough (expletive) sweat to last a lifetime,” he said sincerely, thanking the crowd for not caring about mussing up their “cardigans” and fancy clothes so they could dance throughout the show.
Lamar interacted often with his fans, at one point grabbing a woman’s hand saying she had made his night. He stopped the show more than once to sign shirts, shoes and other trinkets.
“Your energy is what I pull from when I go into the studio and write what I write so I gotta show back the love,” said Lamar, who performed hits including “m.A.A.d city City,” ”i” and “B—-, Don’t Kill my Vibe”.
Noticing some writing on a fan’s clothing that said “Places and Faces,” Lamar said he had just written a song with those words and sang a few bars “from a Swisher Sweet to a hotel suite” to the crowd.
“We are on the same wave,” he said.
Lamar saved “Alright”, a song that has become a sort of them for police brutality protests, for one of his last numbers, telling the crowd “we celebrate love tonight, not hate.”