Kendrick Lamar's fiancée Whitney Alford and children attend 'The Pop Out: Ken & Friends' show in Los Angeles

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Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford have been engaged since 2015 and share two children (Image via Christopher Polk/Getty Images )

Kendrick Lamar's fiancée, Whitney Alford, and their two children were spotted sitting among fans during the rapper's 'The Pop Out: Ken and Friends,' at Kia Forum in Inglewood, Los Angeles, on June 19, 2024. This marked the Compton rapper's first performance since his highly publicized rap battle with Canadian rapper Drake.

A fan captured Alford, who has been Lamar's long-time partner since they were teenagers, sitting beside their children before the show started.

The couple, who got engaged in 2015, became a target in Drake's diss tracks when he accused Lamar of being abusive towards her in Family Matters.

In the same track, he also insinuated that Whitney Alford had cheated on Lamar with his manager, Dave Free, and even alleged that Free was the supposed father of their son. Neither Alford nor Lamar responded to Drake's numerous allegations.

According to Hot New Hip Hop, their relationship also faced further scrutiny when Alford did not wish Lamar a Happy Father's Day on social media, despite wishing herself on Mother's Day.

Alford has featured on some of Kendrick Lamar's tracks on his 2022 album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, and even appeared on the cover holding their son while Lamar carries their daughter.

Kendrick Lamar performed Not Like Us six times at The Pop Out: Ken and Friends

Kendrick Lamar's diss battle with Drake has been heavily talked about for the past two months, as the two rappers released numerous diss tracks aimed at each other. At the tail end of the battle, Lamar released Not Like Us on May 4, 2024, his final diss track towards Drake.

The DJ Mustard-produced song became an instant hit, breaking several records, including the fastest song to reach 100 million streams in just nine hours. So it stands to reason Lamar closed with the song at The Pop Out: Ken and Friends on Juneteenth.

According to UpRoxx, fans were ecstatic when Kendrick Lamar performed the song six times in a row, including an instrumental version. During the song's live debut, Dr. Dre, who guest appeared at the concert, kicked off the song by whispering its memorable first line, "I see dead people."

'The Pop Out: Ken and Friends' saw a bevy of hip-hop stars and rappers performing before Lamar appeared for his set, including DJ Mustard, Tyga, 2Chainz, and Tyler, The Creator, to name a few.

According to Variety, Kendrick Lamar opened his set by performing his second Drake diss track, Euphoria, with a minor change in one of the verses, aiming a dig towards Drake for buying one of the late Tupac Shakur's rings in an auction.

“Give me Tupac’s ring back and I might give you a little respect,” Lamar rapped in his new verse on Euphoria.

Kendrick Lamar performed most of his Drake diss tracks, excluding meet the grahams. The other songs from his setlist included hits like DNA, HUMBLE, Money Trees, Alright, Collard Kings, King Kunta, and THat Part, including his verse from the Metro Boomin and Future track Like That, which kicked off the diss battle.

Artists like Dr. Dre, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul joined him on stage, and the show closed with an instrumental version of Not Like Us playing.

'The Pop Out: Ken and Friends' derived its name from one of Kendrick Lamar's lines in Not Like Us, where he raps:

"Sometimes you gotta pop out and show n*ggas / Certified boogeyman, I’m the one that up the score with ’em.”

The show was live-streamed on June 19 on Amazon Prime and its hip-hop/ R&B brand Rotation as part of its “Forever the Influence” celebration of Black musicians and creatives for Black Music Month.

Edited by Dev Sharma
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