It might be April, but March Madness is still underway, and to celebrate Saturday night’s NCAA Final Four games, Kendrick Lamar headlined the March Madness Music Festival, performing his new track “untitled 07 | levitate.”
Before taking the stage, Lamar stopped by the TBS pre-game broadcast at NRG Stadium to talk about his performance and brag a little bit about his own basketball skills, ranking himself as an 8.5 out of 10. (“We’ve got footage,” Lamar said, laughing.) He also offered a friendly critique of Charles Barkley’s rendition of “One Shining Moment” and talked about the advice he’d give to the teams in the Final Four — the same advice he takes to heart when he’s in the studio.
“No distractions,” Lamar. “You have to like completely zero in. Phones off. Bad energy in the studio, kick them out. You have to be 100 percent dedicated, period. And that’s what it takes to win in general. That’s what my beliefs are. That’s what we do, every time.”
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Later, Lamar took the stage to perform “untitled 07” off his new album untitled unmastered. Watch a few fan-shot videos from Lamar’s performance below.