Kendrick Lamar isn't shy about unedited self-expression, but the Compton-raised rapper turned Good Samaritan when he was interrupted on stage. He took an impromptu break during a concert Tuesday night to graciously extend lost-and-found services to a fan.
The up-and-coming hip hop star, best known for his supreme lyricism on songs like "Swimming Pools" and "Backseat Freestyle," stopped the show to hunt for an audience member's missing cellphone and joke with the crowd.
He was near the end of his performance when a female concertgoer asked him to help her find her phone. When Kendrick asked her where the phone was located, she told him that she had thrown her cell on the stage.
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“You threw your phone?” he asked before rejecting her request to come on stage. He said, “No, you can’t get it.”
Kendrick patiently looked for the phone and found it underneath his DJ’s platform.
When he asked the fan why she had thrown her phone on stage she replied, “I didn’t mean to.”
He laughed in response. "You trying to tell me your phone just flipped over here?"
Kendrick said this was the first time someone threw a mobile device on stage during his show. “Now you’re [hyped] the f—k up if a phone could fly from the audience all the way to the mother—king stage,” he said to the crowd.
During an exclusive pre-show interview with Yahoo! Music, Kendrick said he was more shocked the first time a woman threw her undergarments on stage.
“My reason was, Man, you have a whole hour to sit there butt naked. I hope nobody doesn’t try to touch you because they just seen you throw your stuff up here,” he said.
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The funny incident took place during a packed performance at Bogart's Theater in Cincinnati, where Kendrick was playing as part of the Yahoo! On the Road festival. Kendrick’s high-energy show that included his popular songs “Swimming Pools,” “B-tch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Poetic Justice,” and “M.A.A.d City,” marked his first time paying in Cincinnati.
Kendrick conveyed his appreciation to the crowd and promised to come back even if he were to fall upon hard times. “I will still come back to you [guys],” he said. “I love y’all.”
Check out his performance in the video below, and click here for more Yahoo! On the Road tour artists, locations and dates.