By Shawn McFarland
This morning, Kendrick Lamar announced the dates and locations for his upcoming tour, “THE DAMN. TOUR,” just over a week following the release of his sixth album, DAMN.
The 17-show tour starts in Phoenix, Ariz. on Jun. 12 and ends in Los Angeles, Calif. on Aug. 6. Tickets have yet to go on sale.
Given the widespread positive reception to DAMN, there’s no getting around that this tour would be absolutely mind-blowingly lit. Hell, K-Dot could straight up just get on stage, plus his phone into the aux cord and play his album off of Apple Music and it would still bang.
But Lamar went the extra mile. He invited fellow star rappers Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. on the tour with him. Both rapper released albums in the past year. Scott released Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight back in September of 2016, while D.R.A.M. released Big Baby D.R.A.M. the following month.
Lamar and Scott are an electrifying combo. Kendrick appeared on Scott’s hit “Goosebumps,” and the chemistry was clear. Both artists have an ability unlike any other to blend top-tier lyrics with a beat that makes you want to bench press a school bus.
Naturally, the tour has rap fans everywhere excited.
“Kendrick is the best in the game. Period. To Pimp a Butterfly is widely considered a classic and DAMN. just goes to show that he can do just about anything he wants and make it sound better than anybody else,” Springfield College junior and up-and-coming musical artist Ben Ryan said.
He continued, “Seeing him live would be absolutely unreal and I mean come on, Travis Scott will be there too. Find me a better 1-2 punch.”
Springfield College junior Tye Mill remarked on the depth of the concert, specifically its opening act.
“The opening act is one of the hottest rap artists out as of now,” Mill said in regards to Travis Scott.
Fans aren’t the only ones excited. Following the announcement, D.R.A.M. reflected on his journey today, from being a hopeful star in 2014, to touring with some of music’s biggest names just three years later.