The Compton MC opened the show with a 40-minute set and performed a number of songs from good kid, m.A.A.d. City, along with a live band.

"Money Trees," "m.A.A.d city," "Swimming Pools," and "Backseat Freestyle" all got the love they deserved from the crowd as Kendrick kept the energy at a decent level while fans were still filing into the arena. Before he got into "Sing About Me," he stated, "This song is dedicated to the fallen soldiers." As Kube 93's DJ Hyphen pointed out, the set from Kendrick was similar to his performance at Bumbershoot last month in Seattle. Still a great performance though.