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Kendrick Lamar apparently bans photographers at shows (not cellphones)

Kendrick Lamar at Barclays Center
Kendrick Lamar at Barclays Center in 2017 (more by P Squared)

Like Jack White, A Perfect Circle, Misfits, Dave Chappelle and others have already done, Kendrick Lamar is banning cellphones at his upcoming shows. The Guardian reports:

…hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar, who launched his European tour in Dublin last week, is the latest high-profile performer to attempt to take charge of his image in the face of modern technology.

The Grammy-award winning rapper, who has collaborated on the soundtrack of the new Black Panther Marvel film, is not even letting professional photographers into the auditorium for this leg of his tour.

Kendrick’s European tour, which has collaborator James Blake on all dates, hits London tonight (2/12) and continues through early March.

UPDATE: Pitchfork says a rep tells them that contrary to reports, “Kendrick will not, in fact, prohibit phone use at his shows. He also hasn’t banned fans from taking photos—only professional photography will not be allowed.”

No word if this rule will also be in effect for Top Dawg Entertaiment’s full-roster North American tour, which has Kendrick joined by labelmates SZA, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker. That tour includes NYC-area shows at MSG on 5/29 and Jones Beach on 5/30 (tickets).

Last week, Kendrick released the soundtrack to Marvel’s new Black Panther film, an album of all original music by Kendrick Lamar, much of the TDE roster, and other friends like James Blake, Future, Vince Staples, Travis Scott, Anderson Paak, and more. Stream it and read our review HERE.

Watch the video for “All The Stars” off Black Panther: The Album below:

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