Kendrick Lamar’s concerts are becoming a no phone zone.
The “Collect Calls” rapper has joined a growing list artists who are banning the use cell phones at concerts, according to The Guardian.
Moreover, K-Dot — who is currently touring through Europe with James Blake — is reportedly not allowing pressional photographers outside his camp to shoot his concerts.
Lamar joins high-prile acts with similar policies, including Alicia Keys, Guns N’ Roses, Jack White, and the late Prince, who famously wouldn’t even allow interviews to be recorded.
Through the use technology like Yondr, fans are able to place their phones in a lockable pouch that unlocks only after they leave the no-cell-phone zone.
There are many arguments against cell phone use. Folk band The Lumineers have said that technology is “ruining the ambiance” at concerts. White said he wanted a more “human experience” at his shows. Some are hoping to boost ticket sales, while others are concerned about copyright infringement issues. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters says it’s also a matter respect: “I would never turn on a cell phone at any musical event. It would seem to me to show a lack respect to and care for fellow concertgoers, or for that matter the artist.”
Kendrick Lamar is fresh f the release Black Panther: The Album, a soundtrack that he curated and produced for Marvel’s superhero film.