Kendrick Lamar at the Ogden Theatre, 10/8/12 (review) - Reverb

Kendrick Lamar at the Ogden Theatre, 10/8/12 (review)

Kendrick Lamar headlined the Ogden Theatre on Monday. Photo courtesy of the artist's Facebook.

Kendrick Lamar headlined the Ogden Theatre on Monday. Photo courtesy of the artist’s Facebook.

Kendrick Lamar took the stage before a sold-out crowd at the Ogden Theatre Monday night. Opening his set with “Hiiipower,” the audience joined Lamar in rapping the chorus with loud enthusiasm, gaining momentum into “F*ck Your Ethnicity.”

After “A.D.H.D.,” Lamar stopped the music to lightly admonish a pretty lady for being on her phone. He asked her if she would be a faithful girlfriend, then used this opportunity to segue into “Tammy.”

The second half of the show was mostly medley and snippets of tracks like “Michael Jordan,” “Chapter Six” and “The Recipe.” Lamar interacted with the crowd as though he was greeting old friends, shaking hands from the stage and cheering on the loud sections in the room.

Finishing with “Blow My High” and “Swimming Pools,” Lamar exited the stage to chants of “one more song.” He obliged with an encore performance of “Cartoons and Cereal” before thanking the Denver crowd and disappearing amidst the smoke and lights.

Earlier in the evening Fly Union, Ab Soul (a crowd favorite, wild hair and all) and Jay Rock all moved the crowd with their individual rap styles, representing the Black Hippy movement.

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Ru Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and a new contributor to Reverb.