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Kendrick Lamar Brings Ballroom Dancers to Perform ‘These Walls’ on ‘Ellen’

A rare TV performance of a track from 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

Kendrick Lamar’s rare television performances are always pretty special and his appearance on Ellen this afternoon proved to be no exception. Rather than just give a straightforward rendition of his To Pimp a Butterfly track “These Walls,” Kendrick brought along a pair of ballroom dancers who twirled to the disembodied basslines and a painter who handed off his work to Ellen herself afterward. K-Dot for his part managed to give an expectedly fiery run through his bars, rivaling even his stunning Colbert Report performance from earlier this year. Watch it up above.