Kendrick Lamar is adding more cities to his “The Damn.” summer tour, which will now stop at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center on Aug. 29. The 29-year-old rapper’s concert announcement came within minutes of news that he had been nominated (yet again) for best male hip-hop artist at the 2017 BET Awards.
Tickets for the Charlotte show go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday; there’s a pre-sale for American Express cardholders that begins at 10 a.m. Thursday. Details: www.ticketmaster.com.
YG and D.R.A.M. are expected to open for Lamar here.
“The Damn.,” by the way, is already one of the most critically and commercially successful albums of 2017. Upon its April 14 release, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was showered with glowing reviews, like this one from Rolling Stone.
In his 4 1/2-star review, Christopher R. Weingarten marveled at how “Damn.” “seemingly takes a classicist route to rap music”:
“If (Lamar’s) ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ was the best rap album in 2015, ‘Damn.’ is the platonic ideal of the best rap album of 1995, a dazzling display of showy rhyme skills, consciousness-raising political screeds, self-examination and bass-crazy-kicking. Kendrick has many talents – pop star, avant-garde poet, lyrical gymnast, storyteller.
“But here he explores what we traditionally know as a ‘rapper’ more than on any of his albums to date. The rhymes on songs like ‘DNA,’ ‘Element,’ ‘Feel,’ ‘Humble” and ‘XXX’ come fast, furious and almost purist in nature. In an era where ‘bars’ seems almost old-fashioned in the age of Drake’s polyglot tunesmithery, Young Thug’s Silly-Putty syllable stretching and Future’s expressionist robo-croak, Lamar builds a bridge to the past.”
For the uninitiated, here’s an (NSFW) example of Lamar performing those lyrical gymnastics:
Since 2014, the Compton, Calif., native has been nominated for 22 Grammy Awards and has won seven times. If he wins the BET Award for best male hip-hop artist at the ceremony next month, it’ll be his third trophy in that category.
For uptown’s Spectrum Center, meanwhile, Monday’s announcement further bolsters an already-strong 2017 concert lineup that also includes The Weeknd (this Wednesday), New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men (July 13), J. Cole (Aug. 9), Earth, Wind & Fire (Aug. 18), Ed Sheeran (Sept. 3), Bruno Mars (Sept. 14), Halsey (Oct. 17) and Imagine Dragons (Nov. 8).