Kendrick Lamar is currently in the thick of his The Big Steppers Tour in support of his triumphant new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. This past weekend, the Compton rapper played three dates in New York City, with two nights at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday and Saturday, followed by a Sunday show at UBS Arena in Long Island on Sunday. But that was clearly not enough of New York on-stage time for Lamar. So, on Saturday night, Kendrick played an intimate stripped-down performance at Brooklyn’s Dumbo House, where Jay-Z and Beyoncé were both in attendance and Kendrick tipped a cap to Jay-Z for a very specific reason.
In the stripped-down performance for what looks like less than 100 people, Kendrick was backed only by a keyboard and bass and when he was playing “The Heart Part 5,” he stopped mid flow to thank Jay-Z for clearing a lyric sample. “I say I do this for my culture,” he rapped, before delivering an aside to his esteemed guest: “Hov, good looking out for clearing that muthaf*cking line. You ain’t never… you ain’t never charged me for a muthaf*cking line, dog! You know, I really appreciate that sh*t.”
During an intimate performance on Dave Free’s Instagram, Kendrick Lamar thanks Jay-Z for clearing interpolations used on songs such as The Heart Part 5, Hood Politics, Blow My High (Members Only), etc. — for FREE! 🐐🙌🏾💎 pic.twitter.com/EWrdzPjCwX
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Some folks captured Jay-Z and Beyoncé leaving the members-only club (which is the Brooklyn outpost of the more well-known Soho House) after the performance, but not before Jay, Kendrick, Baby Keem, Tanna Leone, and Dave Free had time to pose for a photo together.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z leaving Kendrick Lamar's intimate show, yesterday (06). pic.twitter.com/c1XifuZ0Nt
— BEYONCÉ NETWORK (@BeyNetwork) August 7, 2022
Tanna Leone, Dave Free, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar & Baby Keem at Beyonce’s 'RENAISSANCE' release party last night! pic.twitter.com/5gUgXsYSf9
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This was a special one for anyone in attendance, but one Dumbo House regular missed out on surprise. Give this dude a hug if you see him around town:
I literally go to dumbo house every weekend and the weekend I decide not to show up… Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Kendrick shows up. Are you kidding me.
— D.J.H. (@DeWittt) August 7, 2022