Seven-time Grammy recipient Kendrick Lamar will turn Columbus into a “m.A.A.d. City,” August 22 when he comes to the Schottenstein Center as a part of the “Damn.” tour. The American rapper and songwriter began his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that captured local attention leading to his signing with record label Top Dawg Entertainment.

His first major-label album, “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City,” was released in 2012 reaching number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, and was later certified platinum with over a million copies sold in the U.S. alone. Lamar won his first two Grammy Awards for his lead single “i,” from his critically acclaimed third album “To Pimp a Butterfly.”  He released his fourth album “Damn.” in 2017 with its lead single “Humble” topping the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Aside from his musical influence, Lamar has also shaped pop culture by being named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2016 by Time magazine. MTV also named him the number one “Hottest MC in the Game.”

Get ready for the incredible night of music by Kendrick Lamar with special guest YG and D.R.A.M by listening to The Arena Guy’s awesome playlist here!


  1. “i”           Kendrick Lamar

Reaching number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100, this song samples a portion of The Isley Brothers, “That Lady.” Lamar personally asked lead vocalist Ronald Isley for permission because he believed it fit the anti-gang message “i” has.

  1. “HiiiPoWeR”           Kendrick Lamar

            As the lead single of Lamar’s independent album “Section 8.0,” the song received great recognition receiving the “Verse of the Year” award from HipHopDX. American hip hop magazine, XXL, also called it “one of the finest tracks of the year.”

  1. “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”           Kendrick Lamar

            From his debut major-label studio album “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City,”Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lady Gaga was originally featured on the track, but because of timing issues her contributions were excluded.

  1. “Gilligan”           D.R.A.M. ft. A$AP Rocky and Juicy J

Teamed with A$AP Rocky and Grammy nominee Juicy J, the song if focused on the 60s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” and how the artists relate their lives to being lost on an island.

  1. “LOYALTY”           Kendrick Lamar ft. Rihanna

The fourth track of his new album “Damn.” hit number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Vulture magazine especially enjoyed Rihanna’s part saying “though only eight bars, Rihanna’s sung rap is as fluent as it is brief, a swift and casual tour of her accomplishments.”

  1. “Backseat Freestyle”           Kendrick Lamar

Ranked number 22 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs, “Backseat Freestyle” is a story about teenage Lamar rapping freestyle verses with his friends. Lamar told Vibe magazine that the song was influenced by the tone and style of the 15 Grammy Award recipient, Eminem.

  1. “Toot It and Boot It”           YG

            Peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs, “Toot It and Boot It” was YG’s debut song.

  1. “Poetic Justice”           Kendrick Lamar

            The fourth single of Lamar’s debut album “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City,” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs.

  1. “My People”           Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay Rock

            This song is a part of the “Bastards of the Party” soundtrack. The movie was directed by former Bloods gang-member Cle Sloan. The film and song explore the consequences of gang-violence and its effect on the Los Angeles community.

  1. “DNA.”           Kendrick Lamar

Peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, “DNA.” has received a wide range of praise. Entertainment Weekly admires the song for Lamar’s “astonishing flow,” and music critic Neil McCormick, from The Telegraph calls “DNA.” a “punchy electro mantra about identity.”

  1. “King Kuta”           Kendrick Lamar

            As the third single off Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” this song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs.

  1. “The Blacker The Berry”           Kendrick Lamar

            From “To Pimp a Butterfly,” “The Blacker The Berry” shares the same title as Wallace Thurman’s novel, which like the song, deals with the issue of racism. Billboard journalist, Steven J. Horowitz, gave “The Blacker The Berry” four out of five stars.

  1. “Swimming Pools (Drank)”           Kendrick Lamar

Peaking at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, this song received a Grammy for the “Best Rap Song” in 2014.

  1. “The Recipe”           Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr. Dre

            Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre’s creative collaboration was a huge step for Lamar’s career because it gave him the opportunity to sign a joint venture deal with Interscope Records allowing his music to reach a greater audience.

  1. “Why You Always Hatin?” Y          G ft. Drake and Kamaiyah

            The third single off YG’s second studio album “Still Brazy” peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song is certified as platinum with over a million sales in the United States.

  1. “HUMBLE”           Kendrick Lamar

            The lead single of Lamar’s fourth studio album “Damn.” was his first song to have topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  1. “These Walls”           Kendrick Lamar ft. Bilal, Anna Wise, and Thundercat

As the last single from “To Pimp a Butterfly,” this song received a Grammy for the “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” in 2016.

  1. “Money Trees”           Kendrick Lamar

The fifth track of Lamar’s “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City” concept album, reflects on his teenage years and the major events that have shaped his life. The song focuses heavily on the album’s coming-of-age theme.

  1. “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)”           Kendrick Lamar

“You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)” is a relatively tender song compared to the other’s off “To Pimp a Butterfly,” which connects to the gentle message to be modest and real with yourself and others.

  1. “Who Do You Love?”           YG ft. Drake

            Off YG’s debut album “My Krazy Life,” the song reached number five on the Billboard Rhythmic chart. The song was originally intended to be the album’s first single, but YG change his mind, because he didn’t want to use Drake’s name to accelerate his success.

  1. “Broccoli”           D.R.A.M ft. Lil Yachty

The lead single of  D.R.A.M’s debut album “Big Baby D.R.A.M” topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs. D.R.A.M credited the song’s success to good vibes between Lil Yachty and himself.

  1. “Alright”           Kendrick Lamar

“Alright” from Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” received four nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards: “Song of the Year,” “Best Music Video,” “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song,” winning the latter two. The song peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs.

  1. “m.A.A.d City”           Kendrick Lamar

The acronym m.A.A.d stands for “Me an Angel on Angel Dust,” a phrase which holds personal meaning to Lamar because of his upbringing in Compton, and his struggles with drugs and street violence. The song reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart.

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