Kendrick Lamar Headline Shows 2016
Seven-time Grammy-nominee Lamar will raise the roof at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on March 21 and Sydney’s Allphones Arena on March 23
These tantalizing return dates will be the platinum rapper’s first headline shows in Australia since touring on the back of Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City in December 2012 and more recently as special guest on Eminem’s Rapture stadium tour last year.
Emerging with Section.80 in 2011, follow up Good Kid, M.A.A.D. Citywas released through Dr Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. The album raced to #2 on the US Billboard 200 and was labeled a triumph by the rapper’s fans, contemporaries and by critics.
Three of its singles – ‘Swimming Pools (Drank),’ ‘Poetic Justice,’ and ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ – reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, with each one enjoying lengthy stays on playlists of urban U.S. radio stations.
Between a multitude of appearances with some of hip hop’s biggest names, the sole guest verse on Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2and the support slot on Kanye West’s acclaimed Yeezus tour – Lamar began work on To Pimp a Butterfly.
Lamar was nominated in seven categories, including Best New Artistand Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2014. In 2015, at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Kendrick won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his track ‘I’’.
Described by Lamar as “honest, fearful and unapologetic,” To Pimp a Butterfly immediately earned rave reviews and topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 325,000 copies within its first week. In Australia the album soon hit gold sales status, propelled by ARIA gold singles ‘King Kunta’ and ‘I’.
MELBOURNE – ROD LAVER ARENA – MONDAY MARCH 21
SYDNEY – ALLPHONES ARENA – WEDNESDAY MARCH 23
Also performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest – Thursday, March 24