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Watch Kendrick Lamar Slay Saturday Night Live With “I”

This crazy-eyed performance feels instantly iconic.

November 16, 2014

Kendrick Lamar made his return to SNL last night to perform his divisive latest single "i," as well as bringing out Top Dawg Entertainment associate Jay Rock for his recent track "Pay For It." For his solo performance in particular, Lamar was an unnerving, electric presence, matching jerky dance moves with a completely manic flow. Completed with his blacked-out contacts lenses and off-kilter hairstyle—a look that was most likely a tribute to Method Man, but made viewers speculate as to whether Lamar's joined Odd Future—this musical SNL appearance is one that feels iconic already. Watch it above, along with Jay Rock's performance below, and Lamar's good-natured freestyling for a skit here.

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Watch Kendrick Lamar Slay Saturday Night Live With “I”