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Wearing a red scarf on his head and a poofy winter coat onstage, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar opened the 2017 MTV VMAs needing neither.
Within a few minutes of launching with "DNA" a dancer center stage burst into flames. You could almost feel the heat simmering through the screen.
"I was born like this, since one like this," Lamar rapped. "Immaculate conception/I transform like this, perform like this."
Perform he did, moving into a second track, "Humble," from his recent album "Damn."
Shedding the coat, he stood in front of a fiery backdrop grid that burned as dancers scaled it. As they did so, Lamar rapped, “My left stroke just went viral/Right stroke put lil' baby in a spiral."
It was the opening shot of a VMAs in which politics and protest may end up taking center stage. Indeed, moments later presenter Paris Jackson drew a rousing applause when she denounced the racism and hatred propogated by white supremacists and neo-Nazis.