Thursday 1 July 2021
Rap’s regal genius returns to Roskilde Festival

Elvis was the king of rock’n’roll, Aretha Franklin was the queen of soul, and Michael Jackson was the king of pop. King Kendrick (you have heard “King Kunta”, right?) is rightfully hailed as a new crown-bearer.

He is without a doubt the most recognised rap artist of his generation. He has done the rare feat of achieving both critical and commercial success without compromising the least bit with any of his visions. At the same time, he has received respect and support from the kingpins who have inspired him.

When Kendrick Lamar first played at Roskilde Festival the year was 2013, and he had just released his widely praised album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. When he returned in 2015, he had grown (even bigger) wings: He had released the masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly, and the way he took the Orange Stage was a demonstration of force if you ever saw one.

The rapper and songwriter has won lots of awards. Too many to mention here – but most notably, perhaps, he won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for the album DAMN. (the first time the judges recognised a work outside the genres of classical and jazz).

Kendrick Lamar has built an impressive catalogue of song throughout his career, and it seems ages ago (we’re back in 2011) when Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and the Game hailed Kendrick Lamar as ‘The New King of the West Coast’.

And we haven’t even mentioned his mixtapes, his debut album, Section.80, his guest appearances, his Black Hippy crew and more. He has proven time and time again that he is one of the greatest artists out there.

Lamar has collaborated with a wealth of producers, instrumentalists,singers and rappers, for instance Dr. Dre, MC Eiht, Sounwave, Rihanna, SZA and James Blake. Han is signed to the independent label TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) and he has been an integral part of taking the label to the heights it is in now.

Black Panther: The Album was released in 2018 and is the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning film Black Panther. Lamar curated and co-produced the album which is also the source of three of his top 10 hits.

We can’t wait to welcome Kendrick Lamar back on the Orange Stage at Roskilde Festival 2021. It will be massive!