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Kendrick Lamar’s appearance during Saturday Night Live was one for the whole family. The show was which was hosted by Miles Teller on October 1st the rapper performed an incredible medley of “Rich Spirit” into “N95” and then invited Sampha to sing the chorus on “Father Time.” But it wasn’t the first time the Compton rapper has appeared on SNL. When he visited 30 Rockefeller Plaza this weekend in a brief break from his tour to promote his new album Mr. Morale And The Big Steppers, he has performed as a musical guest two times prior to that, and had two appearances as a guest. What songs did he play and when?
All The Songs That Kendrick Lamar Has Performed On ‘SNL’ In His Career
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice”
On the 26th of January in 2013 Kendrick had been three months removed from the release date of his debut record, Good Kid M.A.A.D. City. He performed in the SNL stage during the episode hosted by Adam Levine ( lol) and supported by an TDE Records hoodie-clad band, and showed the audience what the future rap star would look in on”Poetic Justice” and “Swimming Pools (Drank.)
“i” and “Pay For It”
It wasn’t long before Kendrick Lamar to make a return back to SNL. SNL stage. In an episode that was hosted by Woody Harrelson on November 15th of the singer-songwriter Lamar performed two songs just a few months prior to when To Pimp A Butterfly was released. With a white t-shirt on and contact lenses that were black He opened his show with the album’s title track, “i” (with an amazing intro by Woody Harrelson, by the by the.) He then surprised the crowd by performing with Jay Rock and Chantal on Jay Rock’s track “Pay For It.”
“Rich Spirit/N95” and “Father Time”
A recent performance of SNLby Kendrick Lamar included a massive cut from “Rich Spirit/N95” and then another track, “Father Time” featuring Sampha. Miles Teller hosted the episode on the 1st of October 2022. This is how an artist who is at the top of the hip-hop scene is like.
Alongside his three appearances appearing on SNL with the role of musical host, Kendrick Lamar has also appeared on two episodes of the sketch show comedy with guest performers alongside other performers.
The first came on February 1 the 1st of February, 2014. He was in the show “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. The show included a host, Melissa McCarthy.
Then , on December 1 in 2018, Kendrick joined Anderson .Paak for a performance of their collaborative “Tints.” Claire Foy was the host. You can view the concert below.
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