Most rappers like to say that hip hop is dead; we couldn’t disagree more. When you take a look at all of the upcoming rap concerts you’ll see there are at least 7 rappers worthy of buying tickets to see. Here’s our list of the best upcoming hip hop concerts in 2014.
If you’re specifically interested in upcoming concerts in NYC then this blog (which has handpicked concerts for each day) is a read you don’t want to miss.
Christian hip hop artist Lecrae has earned many awards and accolades over the years. Most notably he won a Grammy Award in 2013 for Best Gospel Album, becoming the first Christian hip hop artist to do so. Lecrae sets himself apart from other hip hop artists by his success in both the mainstream and gospel genres.
Los Angeles-based hip hop artist Flying Lotus brings experimental production and innovative style to his music. His live shows incorporate stunning visuals as a backdrop to his beats to give audiences an invigorating sensory experience. He’s on tour now with Thundercat to support his recently released fifth studio album.
Hip Hop duo Atmosphere is touring with Prof, Dem Atlas, and DJ Fundo. The group, consisting of rapper Slug and producer Ant, has been making honest, deep, and emotional music for the last two decades, and they just released a new studio album titled “Southsiders” this year.
Leader of the alternative hip hop group Odd Future Tyler, The Creator has developed quite a fan base over the years. His live shows are full of contagious energy, both from himself and the fans in attendance. Given Tyler’s rambunctious and often controversial nature, his shows are bound to get a little crazy, and passionate crowds have been known to break into chaotic mosh pits. Throughout his sets the young rapper charismatically banters and jokes with the crowd, demonstrating that he’s not just a talented musician, but a true performer as well.
One of the best-selling artists in the history of American music with multiple Grammy Awards and millions of records sold, Usher is about to embark on a highly anticipated tour with August Alsina and DJ Cassidy. After a cancelled tour in 2012 due to his obligation to appear as a judge on NBC’s The Voice, this will be Usher’s first tour since 2011.
Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa is back on tour again, this time for a month-long string of shows in support of his most recent album “Blacc Hollywood,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart back in August. Earlier this year, he toured with Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, and others.
New York-based indie rapper Hoodie Allen has impressively made a music career for himself without the help of any record label. The former frat boy, whose music blends the pop and rap genres, has built up a very passionate fan base, and has since gained a more mainstream following.
Prior Hip-Hop Concerts in 2013-2014
Upcoming Rap / Hip Hop Concerts
Eminem & Rihanna: 6 Concerts, Last Concert: 8/23/14
The last Eminem concert that we saw was the brief NYC / Detroit concert series that he put on with Jay Z. We are still having a tough time here, but for that reason alone, we 100% will buy Eminem Tickets to his next series of rap concerts. With his concerts so few and far between, if you have an opportunity to catch him live its one you don’t want to pass up. Check out Eminem Tour Dates here.
Jay-Z and Beyonce: 18 concerts, Last concert: 8/6/14
The megastar couple of Jay Z and Beyonce will launch a tour stopping in at least 13 cities across America this summer. The tour, named after their “Part II (On the Run)” single, kicks off June 25 in Miami before going on to other cities such as Philadelphia, Dallas, Toronto, New York, and Chicago. The Jayz – Beyonce concert is one nobody wants to miss: hopefully our No Price Gauging tickets will insure you don’t.
Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy & More: Under the Influence of Music Tour
22 Concerts, Last concert: 8/24/14
Wiz Khalifa has recruited plenty of talented rappers for his 3rd straight Under the Influence tour this summer. In past summers Wiz was joined by A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, and Mac Miller. This year he will be rolling with Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, and DJ Drama among others. These headliners will undoubtedly be the under the influence of more than just music.
Jurassic 5: 20 concerts, Last Concert: 8/3/14
Jurassic 5 is back this summer with their Word of Mouth tour. One of the most influential early hip-hop groups disbanded in 2007, but got back together last year to play at Coachella and other music festivals. J5 will be joined by Dilates Peoples and the Beat Junkies on their reunion tour as well. Finally, Jurassic 5 released their first single in years which will be performed on the tour, a cover of the White Stripes, The Way We Do It.
Earl Sweatshirt: 3 concerts, Last Concert: Governors Ball 6/8/14
The Odd Future member was nominated 2013 Rookie of the Year and his second studio album is good explanation why, with featured artists like Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, RZA and Mac Miller. On top of the BET nomination Complex named Sweatshirt the tenth best producer in hip hop. Not too bad for 19 years old.
J Cole: 4 concerts, Last concert: 6/14/14
With 5 of the biggest hip hop albums dropped in 2013, many believe J Cole’s album was the best. J Cole is a true lyricist, and although there’s not many concerts left on his tour we are still excited about his tracks. Concert locations are FL, TX, and Syracuse NY.
Honorable Mention – Rap Concerts for 2014
The following rap concerts are in no particular order but they’re all national tours hitting all the major cities, NYC, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and more. Let us know if you agree, or disagree with anything we say in the comments below.
Past Rap Concerts in 2013-2014
Schoolboy Q: 44 concerts, Last Concert: Baltimore 4/27/14
With an upcoming studio album included on many “Most Anticipated Albums of 2013″ lists, and collaborations on the album to include Black Hippy, ASAP Rocky, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Pharrell and The Alchemist, Schoolboy Q has undoubtedly made a name for himself as a rap-game force to be reckoned with.
Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar: 25 concerts, Last Concert: Nassau 2/23/14
It’s been five years since Kanye last did a solo concert tour, and if he can perform like he use to than you know it’s a guaranteed good concert, as well as performance. Kanye treats concerts like art, and he likes to masterfully make sure that sound, lights, astecis etc., are perfect. Kanye’s pairing with Kendrick Lamar will give the Compton rapper a chance to learn from one of the greats, as we feel Kendrick’s previous performances don’t match his lyrical talents. Although one of the more expensive tickets, if you are sick of seeing Jay Z and watch to switch it up than there’s no better way than getting your hands on some Kanye West Tickets.
Lil Dicky: 3 concerts from 2/19/14 to 2/21/14
2 Chainz & Pusha T: 20 concerts from 2/5/14 to 3/29/14
Mobb Deep: 10 concerts from 3/26/14 to 4/30/14
Childish Gambino: 10 concerts from 3/26/14 to 4/30/14
Jay Z: 33 concerts from November 30th to January 31st
If you are anything like us than you’ve probably seen HOVA perform at least twice (okay maybe 10 times). At this point you know what you are getting, hate him or love him he’s a star and we would say he puts on one of the best rap concerts concerts to date. It’s not that much of a surprise, he’s got an arsenal of 40+ bangers that he can tap into that he’s created over a 20 year career. A true Master of Ceremony, if there’s any question about which one rap concert you should buy tickets to we would put Jay Z at the top of that list.
Macklemore: 33 concerts, Last Show: Seattle 12/12/13
Macklemore has exploded onto the hip-hop scene in the past year since releasing The Heist. From the party rocking hits like “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us”, to lyrical gems like “Same Love” and “Otherside”, Macklemore is bringing a wide range of hits to his shows. At the 2013 VMA’s, he arguably out performed the likes of Kanye and Drake, showing great stage presence while thousands watched at the Barclays Center, and millions watched from home. He is on the tail end of his 2013 tour, but Macklemore Tickets are still available for shows in New York, DC, Florida, Texas, and California. Not to mention he will be concluding the tour with three shows in his hometown of Seattle.
Drake: 45 concerts, Last Concert: Wells Fargo 12/18/13
Interestingly enough Drake probably deserves an MIP award (most improved performer), that’s because from his early days he really had no idea how to work the stage. In a prior concert tour with Lil Wayne, Drake injured his knee. Since then Drake has become one of the hottest rappers in the game, and has sold out over 40 concerts. The good news for you is we got your Drake Tickets and you don’t even need to pay any fees.
Hoodie Allen: 9 concerts between November 15 – 30th
Alright, we know we already have two white boys in our list, but we’re fans of Hoodies. The girls at his shows are hot and Hoodie Allen and the crowd bring energy that resembles a frat party. Plus unlike other hip hop concerts, these tickets won’t run you more than $50, unless you are trying to go to his sold out Roseland concert on November 29, which will run you $85.
Lupe Fiasco: 16 concerts from 11/15/13 to 12/15/13
Jake Miller: 21 concerts from 11/15/13 to 12/23/13
Rick Ross: 5 concerts from 11/15/13 to 12/23/13
TimeFlies & Chiddy Bang: 8 concerts from 11/15/13 to 11/24/13
Mac Miller: 3 concerts from 12/15/13 to 12/28/13
Common: 4 concerts from 12/26/13 to 12/30/13
Waka Flocka Flame: 3 concerts from 1/22/14 to 1/27/14
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Lastly if you are looking for more hip hop concerts or other artists on tour you can find that as well as tips for buying cheap concert tickets here.