American (Compton) rapper Kendrick Lamar makes surprise appearance in Manchester

The hip hop superstar made two surprise appearances in the city on Friday - at Twenty Twenty Two (2022 NQ) in the afternoon and a show at Old Granada Studios, says Mark Jorgensen

A group of young Manchester artists received a shock on Friday afternoon when the biggest hip hop artist in the world showed up at their music workshop. 

Over 60 young people had registered for the Reebok-sponsored event called I Live Hip Hop, which was put together by Manchester-based music hub Brighter Sound.   

Danny ‘Fallacy’ Fahey, whose creative leadership project Thirty Pound Gentleman collaborated with Brighter Sounds for the event, said: 

“When Kendrick Lamar entered the room the energy went through the roof. I can’t even begin to tell you what the attendance of an artist of this calibre has meant to the young people involved. 

“He is the definition of a true artist and went back to back on the mic with anyone who wanted to rap with him. Finally it feels like modern hip hop has produced a role model worthy of our young people. Kendrick Lamar will no doubt replace Tupac Shakur as hip hop’s biggest icon.” 

The full day of events included lunch, Reebok gifts for all involved, and music by Manchester’s 8 Gold Rings Band, before a full live show from Kendrick at Granada studios.

You can see a video of Kendrick involved in a live performance with some of Manchester young artists here

Kendrick Lamar in Manchester UK with young artists

Today Thirty Pound Gentleman was due to host a Q&A with Kendrick Lamar for Brighter Sound and Reebok Classic. Instead of a Q&A Kendrick came in and joined in with the young artists that came to hear him speak, he listened to them spray all bars from Rap to Grime.

Posted by Thirty Pound Gentleman on Friday, March 11, 2016 

Thirty Pound Gentleman is a GQAL registered centre that uses the power of creativity to deliver employability skills and awards to adults and young people. Founded by rap artist Danny ‘Fallacy’ Fahey, the project seeks to empower and encourage young men and women to seize and re-connect with achievement. 

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