One of the most critically acclaimed and successful hip hop artists of our time Kendrick Lamar is heading to New Zealand in support of his fourth album Damn with special guest SiR.
The 2018 Pulitzer Prize and twelve-time Grammy Award winning artist will make his highly anticipated return to our shores in July, performing at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on July 17th and Auckland’s Spark Arena on July 19th and 20th.
Lamar is once again riding high on the New Zealand charts with his #2 smash hit soundtrack album Black Panther: The Album and collaborations with SZA ‘All the Stars’, The Weeknd 'Pray for Me’ both top 5 hits. As well as his chart domination, Lamar made history earlier this month to become the first ever popular music artist to take out the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music.
He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine and in the best 10 rappers of all time by Billboard, amongst other accolades. Lamar most recently curated and produced the soundtrack for Marvel Studios blockbuster Black Panther, which he worked on during the Damn. tour in the United States last year.
Californian R&B/neo-soul singer and Top Dawg Entertainment artist SiR has been announced as national support. Fresh off the back of his sophomore album November, SiR will open shows for the Pulitzer Prize and twelve-time Grammy Award winning Lamar.
Starting out in music co-writing material for the likes of Ginuwine, Jill Scott and the legendary Stevie Wonder – who he met during a rehearsal session which Stevie Wonder happened to walk in on – SiR, aka Sir Darryl Farris, creates soulful R&B in the style of Frank Ocean and Anderson Paak. He signed to Kendrick Lamar’s label at the start of last year and released his sophomore album November in January.
November was called “a neo-soul-tinged space odyssey” by Pitchfork, with High Snobiety saying it “positions SiR at the Zenith of dreamy R&B”, and Complex including the single ‘Something Foreign’ (feat. Schoolboy Q) in their Best Songs of 2018 list. SiR has spent the last two months on the road touring the US with Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Schoolboy Q, and after a short break will make his way to our shores for his first ever shows in New Zealand.