Step Inside Kendrick Lamar's Stomping Grounds With NOISEY's 'Bompton'
Today, VICE jumps off your computer screen and onto your living room screen, launching their VICELAND cable network. The move comes as a natural step for the online juggernaut, anchoring their network with programs modeled after each of their channels. As part of their first batch of programming, NOISEY has been transformed into its very own documentary-styled show, spotlighting music scenes from across the globe, beginning with a close-up on Kendrick Lamar‘s hometown, the infamous City Of Compton.
Those that tuned into K Dot’s performance at the 58th annual Grammys, saw the name of his city unapologetically blasted onto a silhouette of the African continent. If you’ve followed his ascent from virtual unknown five years ago to today’s most celebrated emcee, you already know that not only did his journey begin in Compton, but that the cultural sharpness and general inspiration for much of his work, both musically and philanthropically, are rooted in his stomping grounds and the lessons learned and observed there.
The first installment of the NOISEY series, Bompton, shines light on the geographical hub of west coast hip-hop as well as the many faces and experiences that shaped Kendrick’s sojourn, diving deep into the still-prevalent social ills that plague the infamous corridor of south central LA. With Kendrick as their guide, NOISEY tours Compton’s canals and alleyways, speaking to longtime friends, Piru gang members and former teachers at Centennial High School, which also housed the early years of another west coast legend: Dr. Dre. Hit play down below and get ready for 40-plus-minutes of the most riveting internet you’ve had in ages. The show aired last night in its entirety at 10PM and will go on to cover Miami, Chicago, Sao Paolo and more in the weeks to come.