Hip-Hop fans witnessed one of the most gratifying shows in history when Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. Tour touched down at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The concert supporting Kendrick’s fourth studio album looked straight out of an action-packed Kung Fu Kenny future film as the big screen behind him displayed captivating scenes of Lamar channeling his new found alter ego. The Compton, California native had the house jumping all night as he passionately spit every lyric to significant tracks from DAMN. as well as throwbacks like “Money Trees,” “Backstreet Freestyle,” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Prior to Kendrick’s big arrival on stage, Virginia native D.R.A.M. opened up the event with a stellar performance that featured hits like “Cash Machine” and “Broccoli.” His beloved mother was in attendance, which really gave him a boost of energy to come into the crowd to greet and sing-along with fans. As we awaited the arrival of Travis Scott, a disheartening message appeared on the screen that sparked a very bitter crowd. When the show came to an end, Travis — who did arrive in time to watch Kendrick’s set — made his way to D.C.’s Bliss Nightclub where he apologized for his absence, sharing that he will soon make a return (you can watch that video here). The morning after the show, Travis Scott revealed on Instagram that his longtime body guard, Big Tony, had passed (R.I.P.).
Although Travis Scott could not hit the D.C. stage of the DAMN. Tour, K. Dot surely lifted the heartache of the crowd by putting on an immaculate performance. The DAMN. Tour is truly a delightful experience that sets the bar extremely high for hip-hop shows to come. If you haven’t made it to a DAMN. Tour stop yet do not miss your chance! Check out more photos of the show below (captured by RESPECT. writer Tracy Mitchell).