The TDE Championship Tour was held at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Friday May 11.
The show featured the entire roster from the TDE label, including Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock and Sir.
It was a sold-out show without a single empty chair in sight.
Each artist performed their own set with very little intermission in between. They performed some of their biggest hits and fan-favorite songs that had the entire venue on the edge of their seats.
They all had their own aesthetics. For example, Schoolboy Q had a race-car onstage during his performance, and SZA had a boxing ring in the middle of the stage during hers. Although they were different, they were symbolically tied together by the “championship” theme that the tour was named after.
Ab-Soul was one of the first artists to kick off the show, performing a couple of songs to get the audience hyped. Schoolboy Q made his way to the stage shortly after to perform, and the entire audience was screaming and out of their seats rapping along to songs such as “Man of The Year” and “Dope Dealer in Unison.”
R&B artist SZA was the next to perform with almost an hour set. She performed the majority of the songs from her debut album entitled “Ctrl,” including the songs “Garden,” “Go Gina,” “The Weekend,” “Love Galore” and many more.
Lastly, Kendrick Lamar closed the show with a monumental performance. He performed many songs from all three of his albums and the recent Black Panther soundtrack. The backdrop of the stage was red to represent fire while he was performing songs from his album “DAMN.”
His performance proved just how talented he is, and he won the audience over instantly.
“I was in awe the whole time while watching him perform. He was so energetic, and the tour name lived up to its title because they didn’t disappoint,” concertgoer Fabiola Gudino said.
There was a moment during Kendrick Lamar’s performance where he told everyone in the audience to put their phones in the air with their lights on to represent stars in the night sky. The entire audience was lit up, and this was the introduction to performing “All the Stars” featuring SZA.
“It was amazing to see all of the lights in the audience, and for a second, I forgot that I was inside the building. I love that song ‘All the Stars,’ and I thought that it was a good segue into the performing it,” says Gudino.
There was a great flow throughout the whole show. Everyone enjoyed themselves from the DJ opening the show to the end of Kendrick Lamar’s last song. Usually, when it’s a concert with such a big artist, we’re just waiting for the main artist to come out, but that wasn’t the case for this tour.
The concert was four hours long, starting at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 11:30 p.m. The streets were busy and packed for miles after the show concluded, showing how many fans the TDE label had.
Overall, the show was a great experience, and I would recommend everyone to attend at least one show if they haven’t already. It’s worth the hype.