Why is Kendrick Lamar so big? Hanli asks TheLionCityBoy, SonaOne and MAS1A

15 March 2018

Kendrick Lamar is on top of the world right now.

With DAMN. 2017's biggest rap album, K. Dot has found a mix of commercial success and artistry at levels rarely achieved by mainstream musicians.

Earlier this month the rapper headlined the prestigious O2 Arena in London as part of the DAMN. Tour, his biggest concert tour to date. But what makes the 30-year-old such a phenomenon? We sent Hanli to investigate.

First she chats up three rappers based here in Southeast Asia: TheLionCityBoy, SonaOne and MAS1A. Then she documents her trip to watch the rapper live in concert in London — which sold out within mere minutes. Check out her vid here:

Hanli sets out to discover why Kendrick Lamar is so damn big

Kendrick's dominance doesn't seem to be fading anytime soon, and with Black Panther already confirmed for a sequel, there's a wild rumour out there that K. Dot himself might make an appearance. He's already told BBC 1 that he'd like to play Killmonger, the film's villain. Fingers crossed!

Meanwhile, 'All The Stars', Black Panther's star single featuring the rapper alongside singer SZA, has struck the top spot in this week's Chart Attack and Now Streaming charts. Damn.

– Daniel Peters

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