The boy from Compton has made it. It was recently announced in a sneaky Tweet back on August 10th that rap star Kendrick Lamar aka K-Dot has officially been added as a feature performer to this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Taking a brief hiatus from his current DAMN. tour, this will mark the MC’s first appearance as a solo act on the long-standing awards show. (He previously appeared alongside Robin Thicke in 2013, to perform the single “Give It To You.) The Cali Native gained notable success after the release of his debut album Good Kid M.A.A.D City, which spawned crossover hits like “Swimming Pools” and “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe“. His momentum has not slowed down since.
Fast forward to 2017, his most current LP DAMN, which has already been certified 2x platinum, is his fourth solo studio album released, and his most successful project to date. The fourteen-track disc has received high praise even from the likes of fellow rap star Drake, who publicly congratulated the MC after selling a staggering 603,000 copies in just its first week out. Making it the highest selling album of 2017 thus far.
Fittingly, Lamar leads all nominees with eight nominations this year for his hit single “HUMBLE“, including (Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, and Best Choreography.)
In the past, K-Dot’s performances have been known to be high energy and engaging. Though his demeanor is seemingly down to earth and relatively laid back, he seems to transform on stage. He does not do much with his live set, no over flashy lights or flying through the air. Even down to his usual choice of wardrobe, which is for the most part unassuming. If you didn’t know any better, you would mistake him for an average guy walking to the corner store in an L.A. neighborhood. Instead of a millionaire multi-platinum selling hip hop star.
Hence, this is where Lamar’s genuinely relatable appeal comes through. Even while performing, he just seems like one of the homeboys. Except, no syrup sandwiches anymore…
*NOTE: In addition to Kendrick Lamar, other acts slated to perform this year include Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Fifth Harmony, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Shawn Mendes.
The show is set to air live on August 27, 2017.