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Kendrick Lamar brings DAMN to Charlotte

Words by Sheila Walsh

Photos by Chris Barnes

After winning a grand total of six VMA’s on Sunday, ultra-legend Kendrick Lamar brought his critically acclaimed music to the Spectrum Center in the Queen City last night. Currently promoting his latest release DAMN., the Cali rapper has made his way across the continental US and is now winding down in the Southeast. With just three shows left, who knows what’s next for the 30-year-old songwriter extraordinaire.

Kendrick Lamar

Charlotte was his for the night as the DAMN tour took over the downtown area with the help of fellow Compton rapper YG and Virginia rapper D.R.A.M. You might know YG from his cameo in Mariah Carey’s “I Don’t,” released back in February, or perhaps you’ve seen him out and about on the silver screen. YG has played a handful of roles in movies like 2012’s We The Party and Mac And Devin Go To High School, or even as himself in 2014’s Blame It On The Streets.


But for now, YG is stickin’ to the stage, playing songs from his 2016 release, Still Brazy. YG recently announced that Just Re’d Up 3 will be released before the year is over.


D.R.A.M. has been anything but idle since his 2015 debut EP, #1Epic. Since then, he’s released a single featuring Lil Yachty, titled “Broccoli,” and dropped a full length record, Big Baby D.R.A.M.


2017 has brought more radio time for the Virginia rapper as D.R.A.M. recorded a spot in not one, but two songs on Gorillaz newest album, Humanz. D.R.A.M. is featured on “Andromeda” and “We Got the Power.” After a collab like that, who knows what the rapper’s next album will sound like.


The 2014 Grammy Awards got Lamar on the radar with his seven Grammy nominations, including the categories Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Best Rap Song, all thanks to good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Lamar’s 2015 release To Pimp A Butterfly crowned him as royalty, with lead single “i” earning him his first Grammy.

Kendrick Lamar

His collab with Taylor Swift on “Bad Blood” didn’t hurt either, and now, two years later, Lamar has built a castle for the throne he earned in 2015. The music industry is his to conquer, and he’s well on his way.

Kendrick Lamar

The majority of Lamar’s set last night were songs from DAMN., though everyone got a taste of To Pimp A Butterfly and good kid, m.A.A.d. City throughout the night. Opening with “DNA” and “ELEMENT,” the Cali rapper swiftly and thoroughly took the Queen City by storm, with more force than the summer clouds have brought all season. It wasn’t the worst way to spend the end of the summer!

Kendrick Lamar

With only three dates left, one in Nashville and two in Florida, your chances to catch the most epic tour of the year are dwindling down. Tickets for the last few shows can be found here, and if last night is anything to go by, you’re gonna wanna to get this tickets now.

Kendrick Lamar





Nashville, TN, USA

Bridgestone Arena



Tampa, FL, USA

Amalie Arena



Miami, FL, USA

AmericanAirlines Arena


Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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