Kendrick Lamar is officially prohibiting professional photographers from his world tour. This announcement follows rumors of the rapper forbidding phones at his shows.
The “DAMN.” World Tour
In support of his Grammy Award winning album “DAMN.”, Kung Fu Kenny as been on the road since the summer of 2017. He kicked off the tour last July in Quebec, Canada with Anderson .Paak and Dead Obies as his opening acts, followed by 17 dates across North America featuring Travi$ Scott and DRAM. An additional 20 were added with YG replacing Scott as his openers. By September, threw in 14 shows for the second leg of the tour that is currently bringing him around Europe with James Blake.
Say Goodbye to Your Professional Photos
An article that appeared on XXL reported that Lamar has joined the ranks of Jack White and Alicia Keys in banning cellphone use during his concerts. Initially featured on The Guardian, the rapper’s decision to ban mobile phones came from a “fresh concern to limit the market is an attempt to protect his valuable ‘brand’ and ensure the appetite for tickets remains keen.” However, a representative fror Interscope Records denied the claims and clarified that only professional photographers have been been debarred from the rest of his “DAMN.” world tour. The representative added that the Lamar’s label, Top Dawg Entertainment, will be providing images from his shows to the press.
Apart from Lamar, The Killers and Beyoncé have also opted to use their own official photographers for their recent arena tours. The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers cracked a joke after the unfortunate Josh Homme incident last December, saying that photographers were “welcomed” and “respected” at their shows. He proceeded to invite the band’s photographer, Rob Loud, on the stage for a hug. Many professional photographers immediately hit back at the band’s hypocrisy, since only their official photographer were allowed to have access.
“It didn’t feel supportive coming from someone who prevents us from doing our job as press,” Amy Harris, a professional photographer said. “It is extremely frustrating for media professional photographers to travel to and shoot shows and festivals for their respective outlets, and not be able to cover the headlining acts. The artists don’t seem to care about press.”
It’s possible that the artists are heavily distracted with the amount of cameras up in their faces, but until someone confirms the actual reason behind the ban, we can only assume. While there are a number of artists who still allow professional photographers, just make sure you’re safe! Don’t get Homme-d.
Featured image from Festival Sherpa