Imagine Dragons & Kendrick Lamar on SNL

Literally appearing out of the dark, Kendrick Lamar joins Imagine Dragons for the all-new “Radioactive” remix on last night’s SNL. Seriously, I rewound it because I couldn’t tell if Kendrick was sanding in the shadows the whole time or if I could catch him walking out 2 and a half minutes in. With the small SNL stage, the presence of everyone was at a constant still and that plays well here, especially with Kendrick’s show-stealing verse. I’ve been listening to this song all week for Kendrick’s increasing intensity that still feels so fresh in today’s hip hop world. The crossover is proving to be a smash for K. Dot with this SNL performance on top of the Grammys last week.

Highlights from the SNL performance above:

– Kendrick’s a capella ending to his verse.

– The large drums (timpanis?).

– The cellos. These live instruments really gave some more depth to the studio version.

Other SNL highlights:

Seth Meyers‘ last show! The bittersweet ending for Seth (a writer and performer for over 10 years on SNL, now moving into late night TV which he’ll be great at) was epitomized in his last Weekend Update with surprise guests Amy Poehler, Stefon, and Andy Samberg. Watch this one too ICYMI last night.