Kendrick Lamar salutes Houston security guard who cried at his concert

Kendrick Lamar said he saw the viral video of a security guard crying during his concert at the Houston Toyota Center this weekend, and that’s exactly the kind of emotional reaction he wants his fans to feel through his music.

In an interview with young journalist Jazlyn “Jazzy” Guerra after her set at Rolling Loud Miami on Sunday, the Compton rapper reacted to the now-viral clip showing a security guard, Devyn Sanford, crying as Lamar performed his track “Love.” from his 2017 album “Damn” while stopping Bayou City for his “The Big Steppers” tour. The clip has amassed more than 11.5 million views on TikTok since it was posted on Saturday.

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Lamar, always adorned with a diamond crown of thorns that he wore on stage, explained to Guerra that his goal is to evoke positive emotions in his fans through his songs. “It’s really about feeling,” he said. “At the end of the day, after all the politics, after all the numbers, this is how the music makes you feel, you know, how it makes you feel.”

Speaking of Sanford, Lamar said he was curious what was going through the security guard’s mind during the song.

“To see that — and yell at him, by the way, because I see you bro,” Lamar said. “I was like, ‘man, I wonder what he’s going through.’ Ultimately, that’s how you want everyone to receive your music, you know, to feel good, to feel like a moment they’re attached to can last forever. “

Following Lamar’s interview, Sanford, who works for a private events recruiting firm, posted a TikTok reacting to his response, captioning the clip “Kendrick replied I’m about to CRY AGAIN. ”

In an interview with Fox 26, Sanford said Lamar was one of his favorite artists and explained that his song “Love” had emotional value for him. “The words, the crowd around me, everyone was screaming and looking for Kendrick and crying and I kind of absorbed everyone’s emotions,” he said of the viral moment. “I tried my best to hold on and just broke down.”

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