It’s speculation no more.
The Sprint Center on Monday confirmed The Star’s earlier story that Grammy Award-winning hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar will be coming to Kansas City later this summer.
The Sprint Center announced via Twitter that Lamar will indeed be adding to his The Damn. Tour and stopping here on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Kansas City will be the first of 15 additional stops Lamar will make after his initial 17-date tour leg concludes in Los Angeles on Aug. 13. Lamar will also make Midwest stops in St. Paul, Minn; Columbus, Ohio; Lincoln, Neb., and Chicago and veer international with trips to Toronto and Montreal.
The tour comes on the heels of “Damn.,” Lamar’s fourth studio album. “Damn.” has been a massive commercial and critical success that has further cemented Lamar’s standing as one of the world’s biggest — if not the biggest — hop-hop stars.
The album, released April 14, sold more than 350,000 copies and had more than 17 million streams in its first week alone, besting pop juggernaut Drake and his album “More Life” for largest sales debut for an album in the U.S. so far this year.
Lamar’s August visit will be his fourth to Kansas City in five years. He came twice in 2012, once as a headliner of a smaller tour circuit at the Midland and again as the opener for Drake’s The Club Paradise tour. Lamar then came to the Sprint Center in 2013 as an opener on Kanye West’s Yeezus tour.
A Sprint Center date also brings possibilities for a special Kansas City touch or two to Lamar’s performance. He has recorded a song, “Watts R.I.O.T.,” with local rap artist Gee Watts and last month released a stirring visual for the song “DNA” featuring actor and KC native Don Cheadle.
Might Cheadle and Watts make cameos?
Tickets for the tour’s second leg, including the Sprint Center stops, will go on sale at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 20.
The second leg of Lamar’s tour will also feature D.R.A.M. (pronounce “drahm”) a hip-hop newcomer from Virginia who scored his first platinum No. 1 hit earlier this year with the song “Broccoli,” featuring Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty. However, Houston rapper Travis Scott, who was on the first leg of the tour (and who will perform to a sold out crowd Monday at the Uptown Theater), will be replaced with YG, another Los Angeles MC.
On the way
Kendrick Lamar with YG and D.R.A.M., Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Sprint Center. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at SprintCenter.com, at the Sprint Center box office or by phone at 1-888-929-7849.