Kendrick Lamar, the West Coast MC whose album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” has sold nearly 800,000 copies and became a staple on critics’ Best of 2012 lists, will perform at University of Massachusetts Boston on Wednesday, May 8.
Tickets, which went on sale on Monday, March 25, sold out on Tuesday, March 26.
Lamar soared into the hip-hop consciousness with the October release of “Good Kid,” his first album for a major label. The 25-year-old native of Compton, California, had previously released an iTunes-only album called “Section 80.” Lamar recently appeared on Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with David Letterman, and he will perform Thursday on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Critics and fans have praised “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” for matching Lamar’s captivating delivery with radio-ready beats and an emotional depth uncommon in modern hip-hop. “Good Kid” was named one of the best albums of 2012 by Pitchfork, Stereogum, MTV, and many other publications.
The doors of the Clark Center gymnasium will open at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the show., with opener Say Blanco taking the stage at 6:15 p.m. Kendrick Lamar will follow at 7:15 p.m. The Student Activities and Events Council is hosting the concert.