Kendrick Lamar Says Coachella Was The First Time He Saw Dr. Dre Perform

posted Friday August 17 ,2012 at 04:00PM CDT | 20 comments

Kendrick Lamar Says Coachella Was The First Time He Saw Dr. Dre Perform

Kendrick Lamar says the festival was the first time he'd seen Dr. Dre perform live.

Kendrick Lamar performed one of his biggest shows as a guest during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set at Coachella. During an interview with VEVO, K. Dot said that the festival was the first time he had ever seen Dre perform a show and that he was caught up in the moment as a fan.

"My first time seeing Dre perform at Coachella, it was a weird experience because I’d never seen him perform before and I’m 10 feet away from him. This is a person I looked up to my whole life. Watching videos, playing his music in the house… I had to really sit in that moment and realize what I was doing," he said. "I get a call saying that I’m invited to Coachella with Dre. I’m on the phone and telling, there’s going to be 100,000 people at this show? I couldn’t fathom that. I could remember the moment where I’m watching Dre and Snoop perform, and I get so caught up watching them as a fan that I totally forgot I gotta go out there. By the time I go out there, they tell me I got two minutes. I gotta snap back into artist mode, like whoa. I’m jittery now, like I almost forgot."

He also praised Dre for thinking of implementing technology like the Tupac hologram used at Coachella. "Me seeing Tupac perform on that hologram, I knew it was trippy because when he came out, nobody screamed or nothing. Complete silence, 100,000 people in complete silence. Mouths just dropped like, sick. I don’t know if they were scared or what. Technology is a beautiful thing. Dre is a genius for that. Me being on stage for Coachella peaks as one of the greatest moments in my life."

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