Kendrick Lamar just made history — again.
According to Touring Data, the West Coast rapper’s most recent tour has officially become the highest-grossing tour to be headlined by a rapper. The event sold 929,056 tickets across 73 shows and generated roughly $110.9 million in revenue.
Kendrick Takes The Throne
He now surpasses not only himself and his previous DAMN Tour, ranked No. 5 on the list of top tours by rappers, but also topped his peers’ shows.
Top Tours by Rappers:
#1 #KendrickLamar, "The Big Steppers"
#2 #Drake, "Aubrey & the Three Migos"
#3 #Drake & #Future, "Summer Sixteen"
#4 #KanyeWest & #JayZ, "Watch the Throne"
#5 #KendrickLamar, "Damn"
#6 #TravisScott, "Astroworld"
— Touring Data (@touringdata) April 26, 2023
Other tours that Lamar’s Big Steppers Tour beat out include joint tours, including Kanye West and JAY-Z’s Watch The Throne Tour (No. 4), Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour (No. 3), and Drake and Migos’ Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour (No. 2). Travis Scott’s Astroworld Tour (No. 6) was also on the list that the “Rich Spirit” emcee passed with his show.
Following the highly anticipated release of his fifth album, “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers,” Lamar embarked on the United States leg of his tour in July 2022 before he ventured overseas to Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in the fall.
The Big Steppers Tour
Not only was he the star of the show, but Lamar also served as a creative director alongside Dave Free and Mike Carson. He tapped his cousin and fellow rapper Baby Keem as a supporting act throughout the tour.
While Lamar has served as an inspiration to his peers and other aspiring musicians, his friend and fellow musician Swizz Beatz recently opened up about how an unlikely subject once helped Lamar himself find inspiration and overcome writer’s block.
The person chatting with Lamar just so happened to be the son of the renowned producer and his superstar wife, Alicia Keys.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Swizz Beatz’ now-12-year-old son, Egypt Dean, received a co-producer credit on “untitled 07 | 2014 – 2016” from Lamar’s 2016 “Untitled Unmastered” project at the tender age of 5 as part of the moment.
“He and Kendrick were talking for, like, 40 minutes,” Swizz Beatz recalled during an appearance on “The Jennifer Hudson Show.” “I went over and said to Kendrick, ‘Is he bothering you? Should I move him? Are you enjoying yourself?’ He said, ‘No, Swizz, I had writer’s block, and what Egypt is telling me is helping me deal with something. I was like, ‘Man, he’s five-years-old.’ To this day, I still don’t know what he was helping him deal with. I let it happen.”
Swizz Beatz also opened up about being taken aback by his son’s connection with the rapper.
“I’m jealous as hell of that one,” Swizz Beatz said. “I thought me and Kendrick was cool.”
What will Kendrick Lamar do next? Only time will tell. Let’s wait and see.