OneTwoWeekly#1 Kendrick Lamar – TPAB Medley

“My biggest pain in life is that I’ll never get to see myself perform live” – Kanye West

Welcome to the new OneTwoWeekly feature! We’re going to be uploading our favorite live performances for y’all to enjoy too, starting with this mish-mash of a masterpiece below from Mr Kendrick Lamar on The Colbert Report.

This 7 minute epic melds the key tracks from 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly together with a full live band who graciously guide Kendrick through with glossy instrumentation, sweet grooves and complex rhythms. ‘Wesley’s Theory’ gets a nifty spoken word intro which later seeps into ‘Momma’ delivered with off-kilter stop/start pauses – dropping in when you least expect it. We also get a roaring ‘King Kunta’ ending off with a swampy version of ‘u’ which sounds even more intense in the moment of a live performance. Kendrick said he studied James Brown through Suga Free, if this influence makes itself known anywhere it’s right here with Kendrick screaming at the audience as ‘u’ filters out. Kendrick hasn’t featured a lot of TPAB songs in his regular set and this proves why – the tunes come alive with live instrumentation allowing those jazz and funk juices to flow naturally. Check it out below…

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Foreboding 2016: Jazz

As we get used to writing that new 4-digit number (a number which dictates a flash mob of folk eating healthily and jogging for 3 weeks before returning to their usual fatty-selves) Moonshake is going to be foreboding the musical year ahead every week this month starting with …JAZZ.

Why? Jazz has been making its way closer to the edges of mainstream music throughout 2015, the genre is seeing a resurrection which is forward-thinking, rather than Gatsby-styled nostaligia. Take one of the biggest albums of 2015 – Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. The 1 hour 20 minute running time saw Lamar slalom his sharp rap-melodies through fiery sax and flute flourishes, most predominantly on the interlude ‘For Free?’.

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(Thundercat)

So why does this mean 2016 is going to get all plush red velvet and smokey back rooms?