Kendrick Lamar is coming to the Palace

The University of Louisville’s Student Activities Board presents
Kendrick Lamar

The popular Dr. Dre protege is coming to the Palace Theater (ticket info below), so that’s pretty great.


“The moment that signaled 25-year-old Top Dawg Entertainment artist Kendrick Lamar’s rise from West Coast underground cult hero to mainstream superstar happened on stage at a hometown concert in during the summer of 2011. With Dr. Dre looking down from the balcony seats, Lamar was joined on stage by Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and Game. Those West Coast icons, gangster rap torchbearers for two decades, crowded around Kendrick Lamar and hugged him and declared him “the new king of the West Coast.” The crowd starts chanting, “Kendrick! Kendrick! Kendrick!” And the way Lamar reacts begins to explain why his presence in rap, as a proudly ordinary and honest guy with an extraordinary gift, is so necessary and so refreshing: Kendrick Lamar gets choked up.

A little more than a year later, Lamar released the album that silenced listeners who doubted that he deserved to be crowned or thought he’d have to change to reach mainstream success. 2012′s good kid, m.A.A.d city, Lamar’s major label debut album, is a sprawling masterpiece of technical rapping and structured storytelling that defies and expands the conventions of his genre. It’s a classic album that feels like a classic movie, deftly weaving moments from Kendrick’s life together to form a narrative that becomes an empathetic ode to a troubled and dangerous place. Like a lot of eternal characters from literature and film and a lot of ordinary kids, Lamar finds himself torn between the temptation to do wrong and the wisdom to do right.

good kid, m.A.A.d city landed in the tiny overlap between popular adoration and critical respect, selling more copies in its first week than any other debut album in 2012 and earning massive nods from Pitchfork, The New York Times, MTV and hundreds of other outlets. Lamar raps with hypnotizing precision, in triple time and in different voices, recalling the moments of dizzying theatricality of Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP and combining them with the unglamorous grit of Nas’ Illmatic.

So how can Kendrick Lamar follow up the most beloved album of 2012?  A long-awaited album from Black Hippy, a super group made up of Lamar and his Top Dawg Entertainment label mates Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q, might be happening. And Lamar says he works on a collaborative album with J. Cole whenever he gets time.”

Thursday, March 21st, 8p.m.
The Louisville Palace
Reserved seating / All Ages
Tickets $35-$45
$30 Student tickets available with valid University of Louisville Student ID
at Palace Box Office.  Limit 2 per person.
Tickets on sale February 22nd at noon through the Palace Box Office (Hrs 12-5), or by phone 800.745.3000
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