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Kendrick Lamar @ Sweetlife Festival

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COLUMBIA, MD - May 11th,  2013 -   Kendrick Lamar performs on the Main Stage at the 2013 Sweetlife Music and Food Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.  (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

I was very excited to see Kendrick Lamar at the 2013 Sweetlife Music and Food Festival but ultimately I left wanting more after the first three songs. I like his style and his flow, but Lamar’s stage presence needs some work. He basically walked back and forth across the stage for the first three songs, not unlike Michael from Passion Pit. He wasn’t performing so much as walking around on stage and reciting his lyrics. But he’s just starting out, I’m sure he will get it together. I will say that I loved that it was just him and a DJ up on stage. No entourage.  COLUMBIA, MD - May 11th,  2013 -   Kendrick Lamar performs on the Main Stage at the 2013 Sweetlife Music and Food Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.  (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - May 11th,  2013 -   Kendrick Lamar performs on the Main Stage at the 2013 Sweetlife Music and Food Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.  (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - May 11th,  2013 -   Kendrick Lamar performs on the Main Stage at the 2013 Sweetlife Music and Food Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.  (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Since I couldn’t find a spot that gave me the angle I was looking for, I shot Lamar mostly up close with my 70-200/2.8, focusing on grabbing my shots when he started to walk toward me from the far side of the stage.

COLUMBIA, MD - May 11th,  2013 -   Kendrick Lamar performs on the Main Stage at the 2013 Sweetlife Music and Food Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.  (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - May 11th,  2013 -   Kendrick Lamar performs on the Main Stage at the 2013 Sweetlife Music and Food Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.  (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

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Kendrick Lamar @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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