Add another point to Kendrick Lamar’s scoreboard. After releasing an album that debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, becoming rap’s new West Coast golden boy, and earning comparisons to Nas, more of the masses are taking note.
Lamar has been tapped to perform on an episode of Saturday Night Live, airing later this month.
The show, scheduled for Jan. 26, will be hosted by Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine.
Lamar’s set list has yet to be revealed, but there’s a good chance that he will perform his single “Swimming Pools,” and maybe his latest, “Backseat Freestyle.” Another possibility is the Drake-assisted “Poetic Justice,” the video of which he’d like to include Janet Jackson. “Janet, c’mon, Janet. No paperwork with the managers… This is artist to artist,” he pleaded in the camera of MTV News, last month. “This is a young boy that looked up to you for years.”
Performing on a huge comedy platform like SNL could translate into a sales boost for the Compton native. His Good Kid M.A.A.d. City debut sold over 200,000 copies in its first week and is more than halfway to its platinum destination. “420 away from platinum. Lets go!!
#GKMC #TDE,” tweeted Terrence “Punch” Henderson, president of Top Dawg Entertainment, earlier today.
SNL airs Saturday nights on NBC at 11:30 p.m. EST.