Watch Kendrick Lamar Kick a Fan Off Stage for Not Knowing His Lyrics
In what might go down as a classic in the genre of fan-recorded concert videos, Kendrick Lamar was performing at the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland, when he decided to bring a fan onstage to help him rap the track "m.A.A.d. city." But Lamar had one condition: you have to know all the words. Like, all of them. And given the lyrical acrobatics to competently rap a quicksilver song like "m.A.A.d. city," that required a superfan.
Lamar thought he found such a fan when he brought out a dude named Jonathan Neman, who also happens to be the CEO and co-founder of Sweetgreen, the salad chain that sponsored the festival. But Neman was quickly exposed as a fraud when he couldn't hang with Kendrik for like ten seconds, and was promptly booted off stage by the rapper. This all could have been planned by the two so the audience saw that Kendrick meant business, but for our own sake let's pretend it wasn't.
Because the video reaches classic status when Lamar brings a woman named Ayana onstage, who proceeds to slaughter the song like a seasoned pro. Really, it's a great, cathartic moment to watch and proves once again that women do it better.