Kendrick Lamar’s Therapeutic Groove Sessions

Kendrick Lamar performed in front of a sold-out hometown crowd on Wednesday night, (Nov. 11), as part of his Kunta’s Groove Sessions Tour. Fans at The Wiltern in L.A. were so amped about it, in fact, that when K. Dot tried to end the show, something inspiring happened.

Out of nowhere, the crowd started chanting his motivational hook in unison: “We gon’ be alright! We gon’ be alright! We gon’ be alright!”

That continued for about five minutes straight, until Kendrick emerged from the back and, like a conductor, he brought the chants down to a whisper. Then, he brought them back up to screams. And then, he launched into the night’s potent finale: “Alright.”

As this was happening, I couldn’t help but think of how powerful this chant has become. It’s been part of protests and marches since it dropped, a rallying cry for hope even in the face of injustice and tragedy.

Lisette Rosales, a 23-year-old who was at the show, helped summarize its impact. “We all constantly worry so we all really wanted that song at the very end,” she explained. “’We gon’ be alright’ speaks to so many people. It speaks to society. It doesn’t matter who you are, we’re all people and we’re gonna be alright.”

The performance affected concert goers on a personal level, too. Nelson Suarez, a 23-year-old who called this “the livest concert” he’s ever attended, said it was especially therapeutic for him.

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