From Spencer’s review of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s performance with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center:
It’s not new for popular musicians to team with classical orchestras; last night’s concert was a follow-up to one the NSO did with Nas a few years ago. But watching the show, I kept flashing back to, of all things, Metallica’s 1999 collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony [seen above], which resulted in an album called S&M. This was partly because Lamar’s own touring band has for a while now been more of a rock act than anything else, and partly because when there are strings thrumming and brass booming in time with guitar riffs and a spittle-flinging vocalist, it can’t help but inspire head banging.
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