Kendrick Lamar

Music, Rap, hip hop and R&B
Kendrick Lamar

The Compton rapper is slated to appear at Bluesfest and headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney

Mark the date for Kendrick Lamar's headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney in 2016. The critically acclaimed rapper who rose to mainstream fame with his 2012 record good kid, m.A.A.d city, has been added to the line-up for Bluesfest 2016 in Byron Bay, joining The National, The Cat Empire, Noel Gallagher, and Tom Jones.

Lamar surprised fans earlier this year with the politically-charged, and musically ambitious To Pimp a Butterfly, which featured the popular single 'King Kunta', a track that calls on influences as diverse as Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal', Ahmad Lewis's 'We Want the Funk' and the character Kunta Kinte (of the novel and TV show Roots). The video clip tipped a hat to Lamar's hometown Compton and Dr Dre's 'California Love' music video.

Lamar's signature blend of rap, funk, hip hop and soul will be brought to live on stage by a live band at Bluesfest and in both headline shows. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday 19 October at 9am AEST.