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Kendrick Lamar Tapped as Stephen Colbert's First Late Show Musical Guest

Kendrick Lamar will help usher in a new era for Colbert as he helped cap off the old one...
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Endings come with new beginnings. The Colbert Report is being followed by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and after the Colbert Report ended with Kendrick Lamar as its last ever musical guest, the Late Show show will begin with... Kendrick Lamar as its first ever musical guest.

Kendrick's appearance on The Colbert Report last December was especially notable, in case you forgot. Not because he provided the show's final musical performance, nor for the hilarious back-and-forth that took place between he and Colbert, but because it marked the first and last time we heard the song that he performed that evening. Allow me to kick off the collective groan of disappointment that the record was never officially released, before encouraging you to watch the entire video below.

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The performance was long before the March release of

To Pimp A Butterfly

, when "i" was all the public had heard from the album and fans were still trying to get ahold of the LP's direction. It caused a mini-uproar after it appeared online and yet, to the dismay of many, the record remains untitled and - more depressingly - unreleased. Much like

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, the record is as jazzy and funky as it is lyrically ambitious, and yet today lives on only through his Colbert footage.

Any hopes that the record would one day reappear on a new project or re-release ended when frequent collaborator and producer Terrace Martin

told Complex

 that no master recording exists, that the song was intended to be a "moment" specifically for the show, and that "It don't even exist nowhere in the world, except on The Colbert Report." Too bad. It should be noted that Kendrick wrote the song only the day prior to the show, only further proof of his genius.

Only time will tell whether we will see a similarly special moment from Kendrick when he takes the stage on the Late Show, returning to CBS on September 8.

Keep your fingers crossed.

[By Brendan Varan. He was still hoping "Untitled" would see the light of day at some point. Oh well. Follow him on Twitter.]

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