Did Kendrick Lamar Steal His Grammy Performance Concept From This Musical?

While Kendrick Lamar has been receiving praise for his electrifying and moving Grammy Awards performance, there is someone singing a different tune. Director Wendel Patrick is accusing Kendrick Lamar and crew of stealing the concept of Kendrick’s Grammy performance from the musical, ‘The Last Jimmy.’ In the musical, Patrick says they too had musicians dressed in jail cells, dancers in prison outfits, the main character in chains, an African dance transition, and a back screen projecting Africa.

“I had the honor of musical directing Dice Raw’s “The Last Jimmy” at Grand Performances in Los Angeles last July. There were about 3000 people in attendance. We had musicians in what appeared to be gold jail cells (check), dancers in prison outfits (check), Dice paraded out in chains around his wrists (check), African dance transition (check) large backscreen projecting Africa (check).”

He went on to say that Dice Raw and the production company worked on the production for two years. Patrick says although people say that imitation is the best form of flattery, it’s only flattery when people know you were imitated. Patrick has read posts saying Kendrick should take his show to Broadway, and he is outraged because that is the exact direction they wanted to go in with ‘The Last Jimmy’.

“I have mixed feelings. The performance last night was great, and, if the elements were copied, I doubt Kendrick would have had any knowledge of it. I just don’t want to see what “The Last Jimmy” creator Phillip Brown and Dice Raw have worked for for three years just be taken from them simply because someone has enough resources to take an idea and present to a much much larger group of people, said Patrick.”

Do you think Kendrick ripped his entire performance from the musical, or is this guy reaching?

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25 Responses to “Did Kendrick Lamar Steal His Grammy Performance Concept From This Musical?”

  1. josh

    It’s too much of the same thing to be a coincidence, if this is true Kendrick should at least say he was “inspired” by this instead of letting everyone else say he came up with this great performance

  2. Brindle

    Kendrick probably had no idea, it’s a stage show, he don’t do stage shows, he performs his music in them… just like most celebrities know for dancing (beyonce, chris brown, michael jackson, etc.) don’t know exactly where the choreographer go each individual move. I say this with the hope that I don’t sound like a Drake fan defending him for not writing his own lyrics… lol…
    P.S. I don’t give a fukc if he knew and agreed to steal a concept from a play… I hate plays… as long as he didn’t steal no lyrics or beats…

  3. Nasahgnik

    I seen “The Last Jimmy” at the new freedom theater. I thought that Kendricks performance was definitely influenced by the play. No question about it. It was so obvious I didn’t even think to post a comment on it

  4. Huggie Pacino

    Meanwhile drake gets a pass for clearly using a ghostwriter…kdot using an idea of performance…just like they do in videos…ideas of performance are nothing wOrth crying about…now if he tool lyrics,I’d say kdot is stealing

    • Perfect Timing

      Drake COLLABORATED with Quentin that is NOT ghost writing. Drake’s name is clearly in the writers credits also which means they worked on it together..

      2nd this article has NOTHING to do with drake smh

      3rd what the man is saying is that because Kendrick is getting the notoriety for the performance it makes THEM seem like they are copying if they use it and not that they are the originators of it. It’s 2years of their hard work out the window

  5. Good Dick, M.A.A.D Pussy

    So he stole an idea for a play?? He didn’t use anybody else’s lyrics did he??



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    • Papi Peligro

      No they care more about that than the lyrics. You can have a million Ghostwriters and still be considered top 5. Yo video better be completely unique.

  6. Good Dick, M.A.A.D Pussy

    Kendrick is such a THIEF !!

    Y’all remember when he stole the artwork to Blacker the Berry and had to pay someone $150k

    What a thief!!!

    {Sarcasm} 😂😂😂😂😂

  7. Papi Peligro

    Murder was the case stole its performance from an Episode of Perry Mason. Why do people keep giving a sh!t. Nobody woke up the next day after Motown 25 like Michael Jackson stole that from Soul Train.

  8. RayStantz

    I’m gonna say this with enthusiasm,,,, Who gives a f*ck? Getting mad because “other” people gave an opinion that he should take it to broadway. Doesn’t mean he had any intention of taken that advise.

  9. NotTomFromMySpace

    On basis it seems pretty clear, that play been out and Kendrick just did his performance. BUT usually its not the artist that plan this out, so id assume whoever proganized his performance probably saw the original and ripped it. Great performance but if it was ripped off that is weak

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