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He's the "Hottest MC in the Game" (11/21/14)
Is there a hotter artist in music right now than Kendrick Lamar? Not according to MTV, which in early 2013 crowned Lamar the No. 1 "Hottest MC in the Game." How prophetic.
Lamar went on to open 2014 with a total of seven Grammy nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Best Rap Song. Though he didn't take home any of those trophies, he collected some hardware at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards and also earned a nomination for Best Male Hip Hop Artist at the 2014 BET Awards.
Lamar has been hard at work on a new album he hoped to have out by September. He's been hyping the record since the end of February, when he told Billboard magazine there was also the possibility of a debut effort from the Black Hippy collective. And while working on both of those projects, Lamart also managed to premiere his short film "m.A.A.d" at Sundance's inaugural NEXT Fest in Los Angeles on August 9.
On September 23, Lamar released a song titled "i," as the first single from his upcoming album. Then, on November 15, he once again appeared on NBC's famed "Saturday Night Live" as the musical guest, where he performed "i," as well as "Pay For It" alongside Jay Rock. Lamar performed on the show with blackout contacts and his braids partly out, paying homage to the 20th anniversary of the debut album of New York-based rapper Method Man.
About Kendrick Lamar - From Mixtapes to Master of his Craft (Updated November 28, 2012)
Like other rap and hip-hop artists who had come before him, Kendrick Lamar didn't turn heads with a media blitz or a reality show appearance. Instead, the youngster from California gained a following thanks to a series of mixtapes and a self-titled EP, not to mention the backing of some very powerful artists.
Lamar, who cites Tupac Shakur as his biggest influence, began recording mixtapes when he was just a teen. He released his first compilation in 2003 at the age of 16, and five years later made a cameo appearance in the music video for Jay Rock's debut single, "All My Life (In the Ghetto)." Still performing as "K-Dot," he dropped the stage name in 2009 to release the self-titled "Kendrick Lamar EP" in late 2009.
With a strong following and an upward career trajectory, Lamar toured with Jay Rock and Tech N9ne on "The Independent Grind" tour in 2010. That September, he also released "Overly Dedicated," a mixtape which garnered the attention of Dr. Dre and led to Lamar working with the legendary hip hop producer and Snoop Dog on Dre's "Detox" album.
In March 2012, Lamar entered into a joint venture deal with Top Dawg Entertainment, Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment. He premiered his commercial debut single, "The Recipe," the following month, and his first official album, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City," bowed on October 22. It debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 and earned the highest first-week hop hop album sales of 2012 for a male artist.
Kendrick Lamar Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|Compton State of Mind||2011|
Top 10 Kendrick Lamar Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|4||Ronald Reagan Era||78,482||26,309|
|6||Ignorance Is Bliss||43,628||23,630|
|7||Tammy's Song (Her Evils)||64,218||23,177|
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date city state venue 05/25/2015 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/22/2015 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/22/2015 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 03/14/2015 Tempe AZ Tempe Beach Park 03/13/2015 Tempe AZ Tempe Beach Park 03/06/2015 Washington DC Echostage 02/21/2015 Pasadena CA Rose Bowl
Kendrick Lamar Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 09/13/2014 Atlanta GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood 09/06/2014 Las Vegas NV The Boulevard Theater 08/30/2014 Los Angeles Los Angeles Grand Park 08/30/2014 Los Angeles CA The Conga Room 08/30/2014 Los Angeles CA Grand Park 08/30/2014 Los Angeles Los Angeles Grand Park 07/20/2014 Chicago IL Union Park 07/18/2014 Chicago IL Union Park 07/12/2014 Saugerties NY Winston Farm 06/28/2014 Council Bluffs IA Mid America Center 06/21/2014 St. Louis MO Scottrade Center 06/20/2014 Houston TX BBVA Compass Stadium 06/14/2014 Detroit MI Joe Louis Arena 06/12/2014 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 06/08/2014 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 06/07/2014 Manchester Lancashire Heaton Park 06/07/2014 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 06/06/2014 Englewood CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre 06/05/2014 Porto Parque da Cidade do Porto 05/30/2014 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 05/25/2014 Las Vegas NV Daylight Beach Club 05/03/2014 Las Vegas NV Rehab 04/20/2014 Orlando FL The Venue At Ucf 03/11/2014 Austin TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater 03/08/2014 Honolulu HI Blaisdell Arena 01/26/2014 Los Angeles CA Staples Center
Kendrick Lamar Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/23/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 12/22/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 12/19/2013 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 12/18/2013 Chicago IL United Center 12/17/2013 Chicago IL United Center 12/14/2013 Anaheim CA Honda Center 12/13/2013 Anaheim CA Honda Center 12/10/2013 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 12/08/2013 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 12/07/2013 Houston TX Toyota Center 12/06/2013 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 12/05/2013 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 12/03/2013 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 12/02/2013 St. Louis MO Scottrade Center 12/01/2013 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 11/30/2013 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 11/29/2013 Miami FL American Airlines Arena 11/27/2013 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 11/24/2013 Los Angeles CA Nokia Theatre LA Live 11/23/2013 New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/21/2013 Washington DC Verizon Center 11/19/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 11/17/2013 Boston MA TD Garden 11/16/2013 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 11/14/2013 Montreal QC Bell Centre 11/12/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/10/2013 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 11/09/2013 Chicago IL United Center 11/06/2013 Champaign IL State Farm Center 11/05/2013 Minneapolis MN Target Center 11/02/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/28/2013 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 10/26/2013 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 10/25/2013 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 10/25/2013 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 10/23/2013 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 10/22/2013 San Jose CA SAP Center 10/20/2013 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 10/19/2013 Seattle WA Key Arena 10/11/2013 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/04/2013 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/03/2013 Nashville TN Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium 09/28/2013 Orlando FL Venue 578 09/21/2013 Atlanta GA Piedmont Park 09/20/2013 Atlanta GA Piedmont Park 09/20/2013 Atlanta GA Piedmont Park 09/19/2013 London London Roundhouse 09/14/2013 Columbus OH MAPFRE Stadium 09/10/2013 Brooklyn NY Williamsburg Park 09/08/2013 Boston MA Boston City Hall Plaza 09/07/2013 San Bernardino CA San Manuel Amphitheater 08/31/2013 Seattle WA Seattle Center 08/31/2013 Seattle WA Seattle Center 08/31/2013 Philadelphia PA Ben Franklin Parkway 08/31/2013 Philadelphia PA Ben Franklin Parkway 08/25/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 08/22/2013 Paris Ile Stade de France 08/20/2013 Glasgow Glg Bellahouston Park 08/18/2013 Chelmsford London Hylands Park 08/17/2013 Chelmsford London Hylands Park 08/17/2013 Chelmsford London Hylands Park 08/17/2013 Telford Tfw Weston Park 08/13/2013 Cologne ?? Theater am Tanzbrunnen 08/12/2013 Hamburg HH Stadtpark Freilichtbuhne 08/06/2013 Oslo 03 Middelalderparken 08/04/2013 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 08/03/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park 08/03/2013 Chicago IL Aragon Ballroom 08/02/2013 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 08/02/2013 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 08/02/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park 08/02/2013 Toronto ON Sound Academy 08/01/2013 Detroit MI The Fillmore Detroit 07/12/2013 Kinross ?? Balado Airfield 07/10/2013 Leeds Yorkshire O2 Academy Leeds 07/09/2013 Manchester Lancashire O2 Apollo Manchester 07/08/2013 Birmingham W Mids O2 Academy Birmingham 07/04/2013 Montreux Vaud Auditorium Stravinski 06/29/2013 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 06/26/2013 Mesa AZ Mesa Amphitheatre 06/23/2013 Raleigh NC Red Hat Amphitheater 06/22/2013 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 06/21/2013 Simpsonville SC Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park 06/21/2013 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 06/20/2013 Atlanta GA The Tabernacle 06/19/2013 Saint Augustine FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre 06/15/2013 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/13/2013 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/13/2013 New Braunfels TX Whitewater on the Horseshoe 06/12/2013 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 06/11/2013 Houston TX NRG Arena 06/10/2013 Baton Rouge LA Baton Rouge River Center Arena 06/09/2013 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 06/08/2013 New York NY Randalls Island 06/07/2013 New York NY Randalls Island 06/06/2013 Indianapolis IN The Lawn at White River 06/05/2013 Detroit MI Chene Park 06/04/2013 Cleveland OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 06/03/2013 Pittsburgh PA Stage AE 06/02/2013 East Rutherford NJ MetLife Stadium 06/01/2013 Essex Junction VT Champlain Valley Expo 05/31/2013 Hartford CT XL Center 05/31/2013 Hartford CT XL Center 05/30/2013 Albany NY Washington Avenue Armory 05/28/2013 Lincoln NE Pershing Center 05/28/2013 Lincoln NE Pershing Center 05/24/2013 Londonderry Dry Ebrington Square 05/23/2013 Magna UT The Great Saltair 05/22/2013 Las Vegas NV Live At The Chelsea Ballroom, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas 05/21/2013 Mesa AZ Mesa Amphitheatre 05/18/2013 Gulf Shores AL Hangout Music Festival 05/17/2013 Gulf Shores AL Gulf Shores Beach 05/13/2013 Magna UT The Great Saltair 05/11/2013 Columbia MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 05/08/2013 Boston MA Clark Athletic Center 05/07/2013 Cincinnati OH Bogarts 05/06/2013 Iowa City IA U of I Main Lounge 04/30/2013 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 04/29/2013 Newark DE University of Delaware 04/28/2013 Kingston RI Ryan Center 04/26/2013 New Britain CT Central Conn. Univ. 04/25/2013 Williamsburg VA William and Mary Hall 04/25/2013 Williamsburg VA William and Mary Hall 04/24/2013 Durham NC Page Auditorium 04/23/2013 Fairfax VA Patriot Center 04/22/2013 University Park PA Bryce Jordan Center 04/21/2013 Lowell MA Tsongas Center 04/20/2013 Providence RI Brown University 04/19/2013 Storrs Mansfield CT University of Connecticut 04/18/2013 Kent OH Kent State Mac Center 04/17/2013 St. Louis MO Chaifetz Arena 04/15/2013 Kingston RI Ryan Center 04/14/2013 Buffalo NY Alumni Arena 04/13/2013 Athens OH Convocation Center 04/13/2013 Athens OH The Venue - Athens 04/12/2013 Rochester Hills MI Meadow Brook Music Festival 04/11/2013 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall 04/09/2013 Orlando FL The Venue At Ucf 04/02/2013 Lincoln NE Pershing Center 04/01/2013 Iowa City IA U of I Main Lounge 03/30/2013 San Bernardino CA San Manuel Amphitheater 03/22/2013 Winston-Salem NC Winston-Salem Fairgrounds 03/21/2013 Louisville KY Louisville Palace 03/15/2013 Austin TX Austin Music Hall 03/08/2013 New Orleans LA Mardi Gras World 03/08/2013 Winter Park CO Winter Park Resort 02/26/2013 New York NY Roseland Ballroom 02/26/2013 New York NY Roseland Ballroom 02/25/2013 Gainesville FL Stephen C. O'Connell Center 02/23/2013 Zurich ZH Komplex 457 02/20/2013 Munich BY Theaterfabrik 02/16/2013 Helsinki Esx The Circus 02/14/2013 Gothenburg Pustervik 02/11/2013 Malmo Skane Kulturbolaget 02/10/2013 Copenhagen 147 Vega (with Neutral Milk Hotel) 02/07/2013 Amsterdam ?? Melkweg 02/06/2013 Amsterdam ?? Melkweg 02/05/2013 Mannheim Maimarktclub 02/03/2013 Brussels Bru Ancienne Belgique 02/02/2013 Cologne NW Live Music Hall 02/01/2013 Berlin BE Huxleys Neue Welt 01/29/2013 Paris Ile Le Bataclan 01/28/2013 Lyon Rho Ninkasi Kao 01/27/2013 Marseille Pro Cabaret Aleattoire La Friche 01/24/2013 Milan ?? Magazzini Generali 01/23/2013 Munich BY Theaterfabrik 01/20/2013 London Lnd Eventim Apollo 01/19/2013 Bristol Bst O2 Academy Bristol 01/18/2013 Birmingham War The Institute 01/17/2013 Manchester Man The Ritz 01/16/2013 Glasgow Rfw O2 ABC Glasgow 01/15/2013 Newcastle upon Tyne T & W O2 Academy Newcastle 01/14/2013 Dublin D Vicar Street 01/11/2013 Providence RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel 01/11/2013 Providence RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel 01/10/2013 New Haven CT Toad's Place 01/06/2013 New Haven CT Toad's Place
Kendrick Lamar Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/31/2012 Santa Ana CA The Observatory 12/29/2012 Houston TX Warehouse Live 12/29/2012 Houston TX Warehouse Live 12/22/2012 Mt. Lawley WA Astor Theatre 12/21/2012 Melbourne Vic Palace Theatre 12/16/2012 Perth WA CAPITOL 12/15/2012 Brisbane Qld The SWARM 12/14/2012 Sydney Nsw Metro Theatre 12/14/2012 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 12/07/2012 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre 12/06/2012 Albuquerque NM Sunshine Theater 12/02/2012 Kansas City MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 12/01/2012 Columbia MO Jesse Auditorium 11/27/2012 Tucson AZ ZIA Records 11/23/2012 Boca Raton FL Sunset Cove Amphitheater 11/12/2012 London London O2 Academy Brixton 11/04/2012 Nashville TN War Memorial Auditorium 11/02/2012 Morgantown WV Metropolitan Theatre 11/01/2012 Oklahoma City OK OKC Farmers Market 10/31/2012 Dallas TX South Side Music Hall 10/30/2012 Houston TX Warehouse Live 10/28/2012 San Antonio TX White Rabbit 10/27/2012 Austin TX Emo's Austin 10/26/2012 Morgantown WV WVU Coliseum 10/23/2012 New York NY Best Buy Theater 10/22/2012 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre 10/20/2012 Salt Lake City UT The Depot 10/19/2012 Las Vegas NV Las Vegas Strip 10/18/2012 Pomona CA Fox Theater Pomona 10/17/2012 Los Angeles CA Club Nokia 10/17/2012 Los Angeles CA Club Nokia 10/16/2012 San Francisco CA The Warfield 10/14/2012 Seattle WA Neptune Theatre 10/13/2012 Portland OR Roseland Theater 10/11/2012 Phoenix AZ Celebrity Theatre 10/10/2012 San Diego CA Soma 10/09/2012 Blacksburg VA Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech 10/08/2012 Denver CO Ogden Theatre 10/07/2012 Santa Margarita CA Pozo Saloon 10/06/2012 Fresno CA Paul Paul Theatre 10/01/2012 Baton Rouge LA Varsity Theatre 09/30/2012 New Orleans LA House of Blues New Orleans 09/29/2012 Atlanta GA The Tabernacle 09/28/2012 Orlando FL Plaza Theatre 09/27/2012 Miami Beach FL The Fillmore Miami Beach 09/26/2012 Tampa FL The Ritz Ybor 09/25/2012 Tallahassee FL The Moon 09/23/2012 Chicago IL Congress Theater 09/22/2012 Milwaukee WI The Rave/Eagles Club/Eagles Ballroom 09/21/2012 Minneapolis MN Epic Event Center 09/20/2012 Royal Oak MI Royal Oak Music Theatre 09/19/2012 Toronto ON Sound Academy 09/16/2012 Boston MA Wilbur Theatre 09/15/2012 New York NY Terminal 5 09/14/2012 Washington DC Howard Theatre 09/13/2012 Philadelphia PA Theatre of Living Arts 09/12/2012 Baltimore MD Rams Head Live 09/11/2012 Charlotte NC The Fillmore Charlotte 09/08/2012 Richmond VA The National 09/07/2012 Norfolk VA The Norva 09/01/2012 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/25/2012 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 08/25/2012 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 08/18/2012 San Bernardino CA Nos Events Center 08/02/2012 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 07/15/2012 Chicago IL Union Park 07/13/2012 Chicago IL Union Park 07/13/2012 Chicago IL Union Park 06/23/2012 Anaheim CA Honda Center 06/10/2012 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/07/2012 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 03/27/2012 San Francisco CA The Regency Ballroom 03/10/2012 San Jose CA San Jose State Event Center 03/08/2012 Fresno CA Save Mart Center 02/28/2012 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 02/25/2012 New Orleans LA UNO Lakefront Arena 02/24/2012 Tallahassee FL Donald L. Tucker Center 02/22/2012 Lexington KY Rupp Arena 02/18/2012 Columbus OH Schottenstein Center 02/17/2012 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 02/15/2012 Gainesville FL Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Kendrick Lamar Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 11/20/2011 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 11/18/2011 Los Angeles CA The Fonda Theatre 11/15/2011 Fairfax VA Patriot Center 11/13/2011 Champaign IL State Farm Center 11/09/2011 Columbus OH Schottenstein Center 10/22/2011 New York NY Gramercy Theatre 10/01/2011 West Hollywood CA Whisky A Go Go 09/30/2011 Santa Ana CA The Observatory 09/29/2011 Atlanta GA Masquerade 08/31/2011 New York NY Sob'S 05/07/2011 Oakland CA The New Parish 05/06/2011 Tempe AZ The Clubhouse 03/31/2011 Atlanta GA Masquerade