Ahead of the episode, Lamar shared a photo of himself in character to his Twitter account.
“My name, is my name,” he wrote. “Ask me again, i’ll tell you the same #PowerTV.”
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) July 29, 2018
Courtney Kemp — Power’s creator and producer — told the Associated Press the Compton MC’s relationship with Fiddy played a key role in K. Dot’s appearance on the show.
“He and Kendrick … were hanging out and Kendrick said, ‘I’d really like to be on the show,’ and you know it goes from there. He’s really gifted, tremendously gifted. I mean it’s a total transformation. It is not a version of Kendrick Lamar that you’ve ever seen before. So it’s very exciting.”
— Street Talk LDN (@StreetTalkLDN) July 29, 2018
Evidently, plenty of his fans and peers felt the same way. Joey Bada$$ and his tour DJ Powers Pleasant tweeted about K. Dot’s role and acting ability, while TDE’s Punch compared him to Denzel Washington.
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— Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) July 29, 2018
Kendrick Lamar making his acting debut on POWER while my song playing in the background >>>>>>
— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) July 29, 2018
Damn Kendrick a great actor
— Beastcoast P (@PowersPleasant) July 29, 2018
Kendrick Lamar the best crackhead since Tyrone Biggums.
— Deante’ Hitchcock (@DeanteVH) July 29, 2018
Kendrick stole the show on #PowerTV tonight. From this episode alone, I can see him getting an Emmy nomination for best guest staring role
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) July 29, 2018
You mean to tell me Kendrick not only raps better but acts better than you too? Damn! Lol
— Cousin Carl (@carlchery) July 29, 2018
Kendrick Lamar is a Great Actor He Did His Thing On Power. This Scene was Jokes pic.twitter.com/Nu2TaYi3z4
— 2cool2blog (@2Cool2Bloggg) July 30, 2018
Kendrick Lamar playing this crackhead on Power is the greatest shit ever ? #PowerStarz
— Dev ? (@devtrent_) July 29, 2018
Kendrick Lamar starring in this episode of power is litt ?? episode5 pic.twitter.com/ldd7U7CzVZ
— DHEEE (@mrdheee) July 29, 2018
— Ani Caribbean (@AniCaribbean) July 29, 2018
Kendrick Lamar def needs to act more
— Iso Vandross (@isozus_) July 30, 2018
Kendrick Lamar's character "Laces" was funny asf. pic.twitter.com/bDxB5AQ7k6
— I'm good luv. Enjoy (@Deion_Slanders) July 29, 2018
Kendrick Lamar can really act ????
— Luca Brasi (@MoneyBagGoodman) July 29, 2018
Put Kendrick Lamar in a movie now!@hollywood
— Kevín (@KevOnStage) July 29, 2018