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Kendrick Lamar brings his political message to college football championship

Posted January 8, 2018 9:52 p.m. EST

— Kendrick Lamar brought his pointed political message to the CFP National Championship halftime show on Monday night, but if fans were hoping to see President Donald Trump's reaction to the performance, they were disappointed.

Trump attended the CFB National Championship and stood on the field for the National Anthem ahead of the face-off between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs. It is unclear whether Trump stayed for any of Lamar's performance, but by attending the event in Atlanta, the President took a chance that he would be sitting through a show with an anti-Trump message.

Lamar, who often takes Trump to task in his lyrics, is outspoken on issues of social justice.

Trump and Lamar were not at the same venue, but the Grammy-winning rapper's performance was projected onto the big screens during the halftime show. The game was held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, and Lamar performed live at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.

While the rapper did not deliver a direct political message to Trump on Monday, his political lyrics are not lost on his fans.

The rapper performed a medley of top hits from his critically acclaimed 2017 album "DAMN," busting out bars to "DNA." and "Element" -- songs that explore his black heritage and his culture -- and then he dove into a high-powered performance of the Grammy-nominated track "Humble," which includes a shout-out to former President Barack Obama.

The California rapper concluded with a highly-anticipated performance of "All Stars," his new single featuring SZA, which is on the Lamar-produced soundtrack to Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" film.