On this week’s episode of Power, rapper Kendrick Lamar makes his acting debut.
For those who have already streamed the episode prior to its Sunday night premiere either on-demand or on the Starz app, they can’t stop talking about the Grammy-winning rapper’s role.
In the episode, he plays a crack addict named Laces, who comes into contact with 50 Cent’s Kanan, attempting to sell him gift cards and also erratically helping him orchestrate the murder of two people.
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Kendrick Lamar makes his acting debut and stars in 50 Cent’s ‘Power’ pic.twitter.com/LZqmysw29i
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MAN I AM SCREAMING AT KENDRICK LAMAR CHARACTER ON THIS EPISODE OF POWER OMG
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#PowerTV Between Kendrick’s stellar performance, Ghost flipping out at the fundraiser, and Tate’s ‘Menace II Society’ reference, this may be my favorite Power ep to date!
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Deadline TV critic Dominic Patton wrote, “If there was any doubt that 2018 belongs to Kendrick Lamar, the Grammy and Pulitzer winning rapper the last embers with his appearance today in Power. As the drug-addled NYC sidewalk hustler Laces who comes under the dark influence of Curtis “50 cent” Jackson’s ruthless Kanan character, the Black Panther soundtrack curator’s dramatic debut shows yet another deep and rich vein in Lamar’s repertoire. Put it in terms that all performers aspire to, the Compton raised superstar takes center stage and leaves you wanting more.”
Ahead of the series, showrunner Courtney Kemp and exec producer/star 50 Cent talked about Lamar’s guest stint at the Television Critics Association press tour.
“Kendrick’s piece, this is going to be big. People are going to look at him and be really surprised with his performance in the show, and I’m excited for that. They’re going to talk about his performance,” said 50 Cent.
“The thing that was beautiful, is that Kendrick was fearless,” added Kemp.
Watch a clip of Kemp in conversation with Lamar below: