Kendrick Lamar Performs on 'Ellen,' Talks Taylor Swift

Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.
Kendrick Lamar performs “These Walls” from his CD To Pimp A Butterfly on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on May 27, 2015.

Kendrick Lamar visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first time on Wednesday (May 27), performing a song from his new album and talking about "Bad Blood," his collaboration with Taylor Swift, which just earned the rapper his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

During the performance, an artist painted an image of the male and female dancers that accompanied Lamar as he rapped "These Walls" from his recent album To Pimp a Butterfly.

Kendrick Lamar Scores First Hot 100 No. 1 Thanks to Taylor Swift

Following his performance, DeGeneres gave a congratulatory shout-out to his Grammy win and asked the singer what it means for him to be a positive icon. "It means everything to me because I know there's a lot of kids in my neighborhood that's watching TV and saying, 'You know what? I want to be a positive influence just like Kendrick Lamar,' or whoever is out there doing something for the good," Lamar said.

The Compton native extended gratitude to his parents for pushing him to succeed: "They put something in my heart to do something more than what I was raised around, in taking all my influence, whether negative or positive, and doing it in the right way.

As for Taylor Swift, Lamar said the singer -- a self-declared fan of the rapper -- reached out to him about appearing in her "Bad Blood" music video: "I've always been a fan of hers, and she was a fan of my music and she reached out and we got it done."

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.