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What to Expect at Kendrick Lamar’s Smoothie King Center Performance This Week

Kendrick Lamar Smoothie King Center

Kendrick Lamar is coming to the Smoothie King Center with The Big Steppers Tour this Friday, July 29th. Grab your tickets here.


Just hours after he released his fifth studio album, Mr. Morale and the Big steppers, Kendrick Lamar announced the accompanying world tour. The massive tour launched in Oklahoma City on July 19 and is moving across North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand before closing in late December. This Friday, Kendrick Lamar comes to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Kendrick certainly isn’t a stranger in NOLA. He’s performed at some of our biggest festivals year after year. However, we’re still unsure what production for The Big Steppers Tour will look like. When Kendrick came to New Orleans for Essence Festival in 2016, his presentation was straightforward, with no bells and whistles. He returned to NOLA for a headlining night at Voodoo Festival in 2017, again rapping to prerecorded tracks on a bare stage. With the lack of fanfare, Kendrick’s charisma and lyrics usually carry the show and ignite the audience.

The tour is supported by Baby Keem and Tanna Leone. Baby Keem appeared on the Billboard charts with “Praise God”–a Kanye West collaboration–in 2021, and again with the song “Family Ties” featuring Baby Keem’s cousin: Kendrick Lamar. Tanna Leone is a rapper based out of Los Angeles and was one of the earliest signees to Kendrick’s pgLang imprint. Both artists appear on the Mr. Morale album, Keem on “Savior”, and Leone on “Mr. Morale”.

Some critics have noted the dense complexities and “frustratingly uneven” nature of Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers. It’s true that, even at his most commercial, Kendrick has never catered to pop music sensibilities, but he’s betting that fans will still connect with the songs live.

Kendrick Lamar New Orleans

Mr. Morale

Kendrick is one of those rare talents who’s been able to achieve both critical & commercial success while amassing the respect of the icons who originally inspired him. His breakthrough album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, showcased the talented lyricist’s ability to paint an intricate story with his music. Over 75 minutes, he tells the painful story of his youth spent surrounded by gangs and poverty in Compton, California. The album was named Best Album of 2012 by the BBC, Complex, Fact, New York, and Pitchfork. His following three full-length albums, To Pimp a Butterfly, DAMN., and Mr. Morale further solidified his position at the pinnacle of modern hip-hop.

At his Smoothie King Center performace, fans can expect a performance that spans Kendrick’s discogrophy and showcases the artist’s amazing talent.


Doors: 7:30 PM | Smoothie King Center | Fri. July 29th, 2022

Get tickets to the Kendrick Lamar Smoothie King Center performance now!

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