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Kendrick Lamar: SOLD OUT


Tue 18 Dec 2012, 8:00pm

Where: Powerstation, 33-35 Mt Eden Rd, Eden Terrace, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $80.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: muchmoremusic

Straight outta Compton... Kendrick Lamar to play first NZ show.

*Due to the change of dates for Kendrick Lamar in Australia, NZ has had to follow. Kendrick Lamar show will now take place at The Powerstation on Tue 18 Dec.

Tickets for original date will be valid for this new date. If required refunds available from Ticketmaster.

Tickets have now sold out. Sorry folks!

Kendrick Lamar was born one year before NWA came Straight Outta Compton. While NWA were wearing dark sunglasses and even darker scowls, the city known as the “CPT” was seen as an exporter of all things violent, poor and well, ruthless. Born right in the middle of the Compton chaos, Kendrick Lamar knows that he was “in it,” but he didn’t become “of it.”

“Yeah, we was poor, but I didn’t see that,” says Lamar, whose parents moved out west
from Chicago. “It was a typical lifestyle. Mom on welfare working at Kentucky Fried Chicken, pop doing what he had to do in the streets to make ends meet. But they just raised me. When I got older, I realized it was a struggle, but I was still able to be a kid and live like one.”

Inspired by DMX’s debut album, Kendrick began writing rhymes when he was 13. For three years he went through the process of studying the likes of Jay-Z, Biggie and Nas, all the while finding his own sound. In the summer of 2002 when he turned 16, he stepped in a recording booth for the first time. It was there that he not only found his voice, but a safe haven from the violent gang wars going on in his neighborhood as well.

Likening his childhood to that of the character “Kaine” from the movie Menace II Society, young Kendrick grew up in a home that doubled as a house party spot at night. Dice games, cook outs all to a soundtrack of everything from the Isley Brother’s “For the Love of You” to Bone’s “For Tha Love of Money.” However, unlike that movie and many of his friends living the real life version of it, Kendrick didn’t follow the path down drug dealing and gang banging.

“The only thing that kept me from getting caught up was that my pops was always around and active in my life,” he says. “He told me if I bump my head doing what I do, don’t come running back to him because he already told me. I went out there a few times, but then I saw my friends getting smoked and getting sent to prison for life, I realised how fortunate I was to have him around. Once I learned that, that’s when I got on my shit and stopped playing with life.”

Playing around with something else however would change his life.

“I just wanted to get away,” he admits. “I went in there and rapped and from the moment I heard my voice, I just got addicted to it. So from 10th grade on up I just kept going back.”

A year later he would create his first collection of songs titled “Youngest Head Nigga In Charge.”

From there he set out to get the project in the hands of the CEO of local label Top Dawg Entertainment. Unbenowest to him, he already had the CD and was looking for him as well. When they did find each other, [CEO] put Kendrick to a two-hour freestyle test. He passed with flying colors and was signed immediately.

Initially known as “K.Dot” the young rapper released two more mixtapes, Training Day and C4, before he had a bit of an epiphany.

“I woke up one morning feeling like I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do,” he says. “I was still learning and trying to figure out my role in the world, I didn’t know what my purpose was. I realized I had to do something different to motivate myself and that little kid growing up in Compton. I wanted to tell my story, hate it or love it. So I wanted to start over, with my real name, because it was that real.”

The first result was 2009’s Kendrick Lamar EP which featured his trademark singles “P&P,” and “She Needs Me.” He’d follow that up with 2010’s Overly Dedicated powered by the singles “Michael Jordan” and “Cut You Off.”

He became a lot of people’s favorite rapper almost overnight.

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