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Kendrick Lamar performs at Rolling Loud 2017.

Kendrick Lamar Brings Top Dawg Entertainment Championship Tour to West Palm Beach

Following last September’s triumphant performance at the American Airlines Arena, Kendrick Lamar will return to South Florida with a show at West Palm Beach’s Coral Sky Amphitheatre May 23. This time around, he’ll bring the whole team with him.

The aptly named Championship Tour will see the entire Top Dawg Entertainment roster — minus Isaiah Rashad, unfortunately — take their talents across the United States this summer. TDE, which is headed by Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, has set itself apart from other hip-hop labels over the past decade with its eye for quality over quantity, opting to sign and present the work of a few select artists — including rappers ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul — with carefully curated releases. Although TDE artists have previously opened for one another’s live performances, the Championship Tour will be the first time the label has mounted a collective major tour nationwide. In addition to being headlined by the aforementioned artists and Lamar, the tour will also include newer signees SZA, Lance Skiiiwalker, and SiR. Much like her labelmate Lamar, SZA enjoyed a fruitful 2017, with her debut LP, CTRL, garnering critical acclaim as well as bringing her to Miami.

Thus far, 2018 looks full for TDE. In addition to performing on the Championship Tour, Lamar and Tiffith are curating the soundtrack for the Marvel Studios film Black Panther via contributions from their labelmates, and there have been hints that ScHoolboy Q’s followup to 2016’s Blank Face LP is close to completion.

Tickets for Top Dawg Entertainment: The Championship Tour will go on sale to the general public this Friday at noon EST. Live Nation and Facebook presales will begin Thursday at 10 a.m. EST.

Here's the full tour schedule:

May 4 — Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

May 5 — Seattle, WA White @ River Amphitheatre

May /6 — Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

May 8 — Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

May 10 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

May 13 — San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

May 14 — Phoenix, AZ @ Ak. Chin Pavilion

May 15 — Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater

May 17 — Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion

May 18 — Austin, TX @Austin360 Amphitheater

May 19 — Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman

May 22 — Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

May 23 — West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre

May 25 — Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

May 26 — Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

May 27 — Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

May 29 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

May 30 — Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

June 1 — Bristow, VA (DC) @ Jiffy Lube Live

June 2 — Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium

June 3 — Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

June 5 — Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center

June 7 — Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre

June 8 — Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion

June 9 — Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

June 12 — Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

June 13 — Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

June 15 — Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

June 16 — Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion

Top Dawg Entertainment: The Championship Tour. With Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883. Tickets cost $17 to $117 via livenation.com.

Zach Schlein has been a freelance writer with Miami New Times since December 2015. A recent graduate of the University of Florida, he holds a bachelor of arts in political science. When he’s not writing articles, you can find him positing parallels between Kanye West and the late David Bowie to no one in particular online.

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