Kendrick Lamar's labelmate and R&B sensation SZA joins him on his Championship Tour stop in Washington.
Kendrick Lamar can do no wrong. Over his four exceptional albums, the Los Angeles emcee has become a vital creative force and bar for bar the best rapper going.
As he preps for a possible Grammy Awards coup next weekend, Lamar announced Monday a sweeping North American tour that comes to the White River Amphitheatre on May 5. The so-called Championship Tour serves as a showcase for Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) label, which carries enough heavyweights to justify the tour’s confident title.
The Auburn date is just the second on the 29-show tour, which kicks off the night before in Vancouver. Alongside Lamar, future R&B sensation SZA, Schoolboy Q — TDE’s No. 2 under King Kendrick, at least before SZA’s 2017 breakout — Jay Rock, SiR, Ab-Soul and others are slated to perform. The following night the tour hits Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash.
Tickets for the White River show range from $35 to $125, with a 10 a.m. Thursday Live Nation presale ahead of the 10 a.m. Friday public on-sale date.
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By the time Lamar arrives in Auburn, he could have another slew of Grammy awards under his belt. Unsurprisingly, Lamar’s “Damn.” — another consensus year-end list topper — is up for best album and best rap album, and his seven nominations are second only to Jay-Z’s eight. Lamar will have some company at Sunday’s award show, as SZA is up for an impressive five Grammys, including best new artist and best urban contemporary album for her sophomore smash “Ctrl.”
Whether or not TDE’s first lady brings home a trophy, the sultry R&B star is set to perform during Sunday’s show, held at Madison Square Garden.
Last summer Lamar delivered an intense 80-minute set at a sold-out Tacoma Dome.