Kendrick Lamar made a surprise appearance at Adrian Younge and Bilal’s joint gig at Los Angeles’ Regent Theatre Friday night, with the trio debuting a new track titled “Money Over Love.” Lamar was backed by Venice Dawn on the funky track, which reunited the rapper with his To Pimp a Butterfly collaborator Bilal. Check out a snippet of the “Money Over Love” performance:
Not much is known about “Money Over Love,” but 2 Dope Boyz speculates that the track could pop on a future Bilal release. In March, the singer told Complex that he and Younge had worked on an album together titled In Another Life, which would make that LP the likely destination for “Money Over Love.” Bilal added that the album should arrive in June. Well-known among hip-hop fans, Younge is also responsible for the acclaimed Black Dynamite soundtrack as well as his Twelve Reasons to Die collaboration with Ghostface Killah.
The surprise Regent Theatre visit continues what’s been a busy few weeks for Lamar in his native Los Angeles since dropping his acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly. The rapper was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game on April 27th. Lamar was also honored with the 35th Senate District’s Generational Icon Award by California State Senator Isadore Hall III on May 12th.
“In less than 10 years as a professional artist, Mr. Lamar has gone from a local Compton young boy to become a multiplatinum, Billboard chart–topping, two-time Grammy Award–winning musician, an incredible achievement for anyone 27 years old,” Hall III said. “But Mr. Lamar has not let his recent fame get the best of him. If you visit Compton, and I would encourage all of my colleagues to do so, Mr. Lamar is a familiar face in the neighborhood.”