Kendrick Lamar was in a playful mood as the headliner of the NBA's Entertainment Series presented by Sean John at Macy's on Saturday night (Feb. 15), performing a pair of songs in the New Orleans Arena before the Sprite Slam Dunk competition at All-Star Weekend.
Following Marco Belinelli's win in the 3-point contest on Saturday night, Lamar took the makeshift stage in front of a throng of fans and settled comfortably into two "good kid, m.A.A.d city" tracks as the arena announcer introduced him as a "Grammy-nominated rapper." Lamar may have been shut out at the Grammys ceremony last month, but the Compton MC didn't seem to mind too much on Saturday night, smiling through a rendition of "mAAd City" in which he was flanked by two guitarists.
"If you're having a good time tonight make some noise!" Lamar told a New Orleans crowd that included Diddy, Drake, Nelly and Ludacris. Wearing a black hoodie and a pair of red Yeezys on his feet, Lamar slid through "mAAD City's" opening before segueing into "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" and then graciously giving way to the Sprite Slam Dunk contestants.
Lamar was the only announced performer on Saturday night, but Vanilla Ice also showed up halfway through the dunk contest, in a surprise performance that was not televised. The MC performed his hit "Ice Ice Baby" with an army of backup dancers.
NBA All-Star Weekend continues Sunday night with a performance by Pharrell Williams during the player introductions; Janelle Monae, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Trombone Shorty and Earth Wind & Fire at halftime; and Jason Derulo, Aloe Blacc and Mack Wilds at the Sprint Pregame Concert.