Kendrick Lamar, Sza, Schoolboy Q For Top Dawg Label Tour

Kendrick Lamar, who already had one of the top tours of 2017, is heading back out into North American arenas and amphiteatres as part of what Top Dawg Entertainment is calling a “first ever full label tour” also featuring SzaScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and others.  

Kendrick Lamar
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Kendrick Lamar’s performance includes acrobatic ninjas and a man on fire during the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Aug. 27.

“TDE: The Championship Tour” also includes SiR, Lance Skiiwalker and more to be announced, according to the announcement.

The Live Nation tour kicks off May 4 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, taking in venues including Oakland’s Oracle Arena, Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, Madison Square Garden in New York, Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, DTE Energy Music Theatre in Michigan, and ends June 16 at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Jan. 26, while American Express Card Members can get in on a presale for select cities beginning Jan. 23.

Both Lamar and Sza are nominated for multiple Grammy awards, with seven and five respectively following critically acclaimed albums DAMN. and Sza’s debut LP Ctrl.

The Grammy Awards take place Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York and will be broadcast live on CBS.

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SZA performs “Love Galore” during the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles June 25.

Lamar had the highest-grossing hip-hop tour of 2017 according to Pollstar’s Year End charts, with $41.1 million. That put him at No. 25 on Pollstar’s Year End Top 200 North American Tours. It seems he’s not slowing down anytime soon, either, with these new dates coming just after the news of Lamar along with Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith curating and producing the Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” movie soundtrack.

Lamar is booked by WME partner Brent Smith. 

Sza is no slouch on the road, either, and has recent sellouts including Emo’s in Austin, The Rialto Theater in Tucson, and San Francisco’s Warfield Theater Sept. 19, which sold 2,434 tickets and grossed $75,780.

She was recently on the road with Bryson Tiller in Europe, and is booked to play Coachella in April. She’s represented by ICM Partners’ Zach Iser and Caroline Yim, who also book ScHoolboy Q as well as Ab-Soul, who sold out the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles this May, as submitted to Pollstar.