(Blogged by @thefineauthor) – After a years-long hiatus, rapper Kendrick Lamar is back with his highly anticipated new album and a world tour to go along with it.
On Friday, May 13th, Lamar unveiled his already critically acclaimed fifth studio album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.” On that same day, he revealed that he’d be going on tour with artist and cousin Baby Keem and the newest signee to his pgLang label, Tanna Leone.
The Big Steppers Tour will embark on 37 dates, kicking off its North America leg in Oklahoma City on July 19th. Ten days later, the heavily decorated lyricist will bring his show to the Big Easy, performing at the Smoothie King Center on July 29th. Home to the New Orleans Pelicans, the city’s staple arena is the only venue massive enough to house the monumental performance that is sure to sell out.
Fans will indeed be rushing to purchase concert tickets to witness Lamar perform “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” live. With everyone eagerly awaiting his first week’s sales, Lamar is on pace to move 325,000-350,000 units, which will be the biggest first-week release of 2022. Those impressive earnings will place the 34-year-old at the top of Billboard’s 200 chart next week. If these predictions are correct, this could be Lamar’s highest initial sales following 2015’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
Lamar released his debut album, “Section.80,” on July 2nd, 2011. However, the album didn’t put much of a dent in his music career. It was not until his major-label debut, “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” released on October 22nd, 2012, that the hip-hop heavyweight got the respect he deserved. Since then, the Los Angeles-born star has received 39 Grammy Award nominations and taken home 14 wins.
Baby Keem is following in his famous cousin’s footsteps, securing a loyal fanbase of his own and his first Grammy Award for “Family Ties” at the 2022 ceremony. The record features Lamar and was met with immediate fanfare.
In addition to sporting events, the Smoothie King Center has hosted some of the biggest names in music throughout the years, including Stevie Wonder, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, and P. Diddy. It has also long been a designated venue for performances during the annual Essence Fest.
Following the North America stops, Kendrick Lamar will then head to Europe, followed by Australia and New Zealand.
Anyone looking to get their hands on tickets may do so on May 20th via Kendrick Lamar’s website, oklama.com.