All future musical guests of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert have their work cut out for them, as Kendrick Lamar graced the stage as the first official music act last night and performed an incredible medley from To Pimp A Butterfly.
K-Dot had been the last ever musical guest on Colbert's The Colbert Report, putting on a must-see performance of an untitled song made specifically for that show and that moment, so it was not only fitting that he would open up Colbert's latest venture but also that there would be a ton of anticipation.
Of course, it was completely justified; Kendrick continued to showcase his prowess for unique live experiences, taking "Wesley's Theory," "Momma," "King Kunta" and "u" and piecing them together into one high-energy and passionate reworking. "u" even included an extra verse, because Kendrick.
If you aren't yet fully aware that Kendrick is creating an alternate version of his album through various live performances and one-off song creations, check out our To Pimp A Butterfly B-Sides collection. For the full Late Show episode from last night, head on over to CBS (Kendrick starts around 34:30).
[By Brendan Varan. He might have to re-watch the last Colbert performance right now. Follow him on Twitter.]