It’s been 967 days since Kendrick Lamar last put out an album, but who’s counting?
Musically, the decade-defining rap star has been relatively quiet over the past two plus years, but that may change in 2020. The former XXL Freshman has signed on to take his talents overseas for multiple big festivals next year. Kenny is slated to headline Lollapalooza Stockholm (June 28), Longitude Festival in Dublin (July 3), Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium (July 4), NOS Alive Festival in Portugal (July 8) and the WOO HAH! Festival in the Netherlands (July 12).
While this is not the U.S. trek many of his fans were hoping for, it could be a sign of a tour taking place next summer. The last time Kendrick Lamar went on a solo tour was the DAMN Tour, which took place in 2017 in promotion of his most recent album, DAMN.
Since the release of DAMN., Kenny has reigned while hiding in plain site. His accolades have included earning a Pulitzer Prize, cultivating the Grammy award-winning Black Panther Soundtrack and logging the longest-charting hip-hop studio album in Billboard history. All that is well and good, but fans are fiending for new tunes from the Compton, Calif. MC.
Recently, we’ve had signs of activity. He closed out the Day N Night Festival in Las Vegas last month, though some people are convinced it was a stunt double. There are more hopeful stats. Since he released his debut album, the most time Kenny has gone between LPs is three years.
After settling in to becoming a new father over the summer and settling into his huge recently copped $9 million mansion, 2020 may be the year for Mr. Duckworth’s return.