MTV Unplugged was a fascinating, intimate look inside the musical process of many great artists. The show began in 1989 with a handful of acts, but by the ’90s, the acoustic format drove dozens of performers toward the showcase, with big names like Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, and Neil Young gracing the MTV stage.
Now that it’s been confirmed that the once music-centric cable channel is fully relaunching the revered Unplugged brand, it’s time to start thinking about the artists of today who we need to absent studio effects for the world to see their musical soul.
If you thought K. Dot was just a world-class lyricist, then you didn’t watch his 2016 Grammy set — he’s also a world-class performer. With an ability to fold syllables up like they were pancakes drenched in swag sauce, Lamar is one of the best wordsmiths around, and if his MTV Unplugged contains any of the energy of his recent live performances, we’re in for a special treat.