Kendrick Lamar Debuts 'DAMN.' Songs + Kills The Coachella Stage
Kendrick Lamar Debuts 'DAMN.' Songs + Kills The Coachella Stage
Photo of Kendrick Lamar courtesy of Coachella.

UPDATE: Kendrick Lamar is Banning Professional Photographers From His Show...Not Cell Phones

Photo of Kendrick Lamar courtesy of Coachella.

Which photographer caught Kendrick on his bad side

Update: Kendrick Lamar will not be going all Dave Chappelle and banning fans from taking cell phone footage at his concert.

TDE sent a statement to Pitchfork saying that they were banning professional photographers from his concerts, not banning cell phones. So, yes, you can still take photos and grainy videos at Kendrick concerts.

TDE will provide images to media outlets. This is something that big-time artists already do. (Hi, Beyonce.)

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Kendrick Lamar has now joined a number of other entertainers who've banned the use of cellphones during their live performances.

STREAM: 'Black Panther: The Album,' Presented By TDE

Upon embarking on his European tour last week Lamar has since banned phones from being used during his shows. He's also not permitting professional photographers into venues for this tour as well.

As the Guardian notes, the move is to protect Lamar's "valuable 'brand' and ensure the appetite for tickets remains keen," since artists make a majority of their money on tour.

Considering Lamar started this during his European tour it's unknown if he'll also be implementing this ban for future concerts and tours.

Entertainers banning phones during their shows isn't anything new. Dave Chappelle, one of the earliest supporters of banning phones during his performances, is infamously known for having fans turn in their phones prior his shows.

Last week the Black Panther soundtrack was released. Executive produced by Kendrick Lamar and his TDE team, the 14-track album includes appearances from ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul, as well as James Blake, SOB X RBE, Vince Staples, Khalid, Swae Lee, Jorja Smith, The Weeknd, and others.

Initially, Lamar wasn't going to curate the soundtrack. In a recent interview with NPR, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler revealed that the DAMN. rapper was just going to contribute a few tracks.

"At first, he was just going to do a few songs for the film, and then he came in and watched quite a bit of the movie, and the next thing I know, they were booking a studio and they were going at it," Coogler said to NPR.

Source: The Guardian

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