Kendrick Lamar brought his latest album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers to life for the season 48 opener of Saturday Night Live.
Introduced by actor Miles Teller, the Pulitzer Prize-winner performed a trifecta of tracks from his critically acclaimed fifth LP on Saturday night (October 1).
Wearing a pink hoodie, trucker hat and black leather pants, along with an assortment of bejeweled accessories, Kendrick opened with “Rich Spirit” while stood still inside a sparse, dimly-lit cube — a nod to his Big Steppers Tour, which asked fans to “help Mr. Morale get out of the box.”
Halfway through the song, the modest set design was infused with a tough of magic as K. Dot’s shadow, which was projected onto the wall behind him, began to move on its own.
The Compton native then cranked up the energy by transitioning into “N95,” becoming much more animated as a lights show unfolded around him.