The recipe for politically charged musical performance with live-wire intensity for a memorable opening of the 2018 Grammys, which rarely makes it onto network television; take a handful of Kung Fu Kenny, toss in a dose of U2’s Bono and Edge and top it off with comedic spoken interludes of Dave Chappelle. Stir it up, let it sit for 30 minutes, share all over social media until it goes viral and you have an explosive experience you will never forget.
RollingStone.com described it like this:
Kendrick Lamar recruited U2’s Bono and the Edge for a thrilling, politically charged medley at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Dave Chappelle also punctuated the set with comedic spoken interludes.
The performance opened with soldiers stomping onstage in front of an American flag backdrop. Lamar stood stoic as he recited his rhymes to “XXX.,” gradually growing more animated before Bono and the Edge strode onstage to perform their guitar and vocal parts. The screen flashed “This is a satire by Kendrick Lamar” before Chappelle appeared. “Hi, I’m Dave Chappelle,” the comedian deadpanned. “And I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America. Sorry for the interruption.”
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