Kendrick Lamar won’t be waiting long to promote his first album in five years, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” which was released Friday and is one of the most anticipated albums of 2022 for many fans.
The Los Angeles native — who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album, “Damn” — will kick off his “The Big Steppers Tour” July 19 at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City.
The 37-concert trek will conclude its North American leg in Los Angeles with Sept. 15 and 16 performances at Crypto.com Arena (the venue formerly known as Staples Center). A European tour will follow. Lamar has not toured since 2019.
The opening acts for all the dates on “The Big Steppers Tour” will be Baby Keem and Tanna Leone.
Keem, a 2022 Grammy Award winner, is the 21-year-old cousin of Lamar. Leone and Keem both record for pgLang, Lamar’s record label and multimedia company.
Both are also featured on Lamar’s new album, which is, in fact, a double album. Other guests on “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” range from Pharrell Williams and Ghostface Killah to The Alchemist and Beth Gibbons of Portishead.
Tickets for “The Big Steppers Tour” go on sale to the general public May 20 at noon local time on Lamar’s website, oklama.com, and at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. A presale will be held on the same websites beginning at 10 a.m. local time Thursday and is open to all.
Kendrick Lamar 2022 tour dates
Tuesday, July 19: Oklahoma City, Paycom Center