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Kendrick Lamar's Triumphant Return to New York

Rapper commands two back-to-back, sold-out shows at Roseland Ballroom
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Jessica Lehrman

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Boy in the Hood

Months on the road in front of mostly-new fans have affected Lamar's stage presence. He works every edge of the crowd, and his movements are sharp and emphatic. Drips of bicoastal, 1990s-era influence hang heavy over the show; the 25-year-old Compton native invokes Tre Styles of Boyz in the Hood while rocking a NY cap inspired by Casper from Kids.

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