Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar tops the roster of The Championship Tour.
Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar tops the roster of The Championship Tour.
Timothy Norris

Kendrick Lamar Stars in Championship Tour

The Championship Tour isn’t so much a tour as it is a victory lap for the folks at Top Dawg Entertainment. The L.A. label’s flagship star, Kendrick Lamar, just won a Pulitzer Prize for his multiplatinum 2017 record DAMN.

R&B singer SZA’s Ctrl has made her one of the most talked-about and hyped new artists in her genre, and Lamar’s fellow Black Hippy posse members Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul have been dropping fire songs left and right. No wonder TDE is calling a tour putting all these artists together a championship.

Kendrick alone is worth the price of admission. Touring solo last year, his stadium shows used video projections and acrobatic ninja dancers to create a jaw-dropping spectacle. And while Kung-Fu Kenny is definitely the star attraction of this 2018 tour, it’s a testament to how stacked the TDE roster is that rappers like Schoolboy could give him a run for his money.

Considering how often the Top Dawg artists collaborate together on record, it’s a strong possibility that we’ll see them guesting on each other’s songs throughout the night. So if you’ve ever wanted to see Q and Kenny spit on “Collard Greens,” this is your night.

The Championship Tour is Monday, May 14, at Ak-Chin Pavilion. Tickets are $35 and up via ticketmaster.com.

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