Kendrick Lamar Announces ‘The Big Steppers’ World Tour

The rap icon will take his newly released album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ around the globe later this year

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Kendrick Lamar Photo: Santiago Bluguermann/Getty Images
Photo: Santiago Bluguermann/Getty Images

Kendrick Lamar has announced “The Big Steppers” world tour, in support of his new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which arrived earlier today.

“Come help Mr. Morale get out of the box,” a poster for the tour reads. Baby Keem and Tanna Leone will both act as support on the raft of dates – both artists are signed to Lamar’s pgLang label.

The tour will kick off with a North American leg, opening in Oklahoma City in July. After visiting arenas and festivals across the US and Canada, the rap icon will then head to the UK and Europe in the fall. The run will then wrap up in December with shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Tickets for “The Big Steppers” tour will go on sale at 10am local time on May 19. View the full run of shows and ticket info on Lamar’s official website.

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is spread across two discs and touches on some controversial and timely themes. On “Mother I Sober,” he examines accusations of abuse and pain that lingers from such situations, rapping, “Family ties, they accused my cousin, did he touch you Kendrick?/ Never lied, but no one believed me.” “Savior” finds him delving into the messy politics around COVID-19 and its vaccines, while “Auntie Diaries” deals with his aunt’s transition and his response to it.

Multiple special guests also appear across the album, including Sampha on “Father Time,” Summer Walker and Ghostface Killah on “Purple Hearts,” Kodak Black on “Silent Hill,” Tanna Leone on “Mr. Morale,” and Portishead frontperson Beth Gibbons on “Mother I Sober.”

The record follows the release of a surprise new single, “The Heart Part 5,” which does not appear on Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

Buy or stream Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. View Kendrick Lamar’s North American tour itinerary below.

Jul 19 Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
Jul 21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Jul 22 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Jul 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Jul 24 – Miami, FL – Rolling Loud
Jul 27 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Jul 29 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Jul 30 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Jul 31 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Aug 02 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
Aug 04 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Aug 05 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Aug 06 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Aug 07 – Long Island, NY – UBS Arena
Aug 09 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Aug 10 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Aug 12 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Aug 13 – Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
Aug 14 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Aug 16 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Aug 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
Aug 19 – Chicago, IL  – United Center
Aug 20 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Aug 21 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
Aug 23 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Aug 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Aug 26 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Aug 27 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Aug 28 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Aug 30 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Aug 31 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
Sep 01 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
Sep 06 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at San Diego State University
Sep 07 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Sep 09 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Sep 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Sep 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Arena
Sep 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Arena

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