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There was no way Kendrick Lamar was going to let his precious few minutes on the Grammys stage slip through his hands without making an impact. Yet, no one could have expected how huge it actually would be. In front of an elaborate stage set-up, Kendrick Lamar stitched together a hard-hitting medley of songs from To Pimp a Butterfly, including "The Blacker The Berry" and "Alright," plus a new verse in his "Untitled" series. He started with hands in chains, a black eye painted on his face as he screamed "I'm the biggest hypocrite of 2016" with other men of color looking on from their cells. His incarceration was short, as he broke free into an epic neon tribal dance number, eventually ending in front of a stark white picture of Africa with the word "Compton" written across it.