Most rappers like to say that hip hop is dead, but we couldn’t disagree more. Let’s think about this. Just last year, we saw Lil Wayne and Drake embark on a legendary joint tour. We watched as perhaps the most well known power couple in the world, Jay-Z and Bey, took on the biggest venues together as man and wife. Or how about the rising fame of Odd Future, the latest hip-hop collective to come out of LA? From what we are seeing and hearing, there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to rap and hip-hop. From what we can tell so far, this season will bring some amazing talent to the touring circuit, including but not limited to Hoodie Allen, Common, Chris Brown, and Justin Timberlake. Here’s our list of the best upcoming hip hop concerts in 2014 & 2015.
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.
Hoodie Allen, a rapper who has singlehandedly built his own fan base by releasing his tracks on internet mediums such as YouTube and SoundCloud, has just released a new music video featuring Ed Sheeran. The song. “All About It”, has quickly become a favorite from the long-island rapper, you can check out the hilarious music video for it (here). Hoodie Allen has always made it a point to stay connected and interactive with his fans during shows, so we think this one ought to be one your list of must see hip-hop concerts this season.
Upcoming Hoodie Allen Concert in NYC: November 28th, 2014
When will Hoodie Allen be On Tour?: October 29th, 2014- December 30th, 2014
Run the Jewels, an American hip-hop duo comprised of rappers Killer Mike and EL-P, has met overwhelming success since joining forces last year. By combining rap, politically charged messages, and cartoon antics, this hip-hop group has created something unlike what we’ve ever heard before. Now, they’ve dropped another album to follow up their surprise debut, a record titled (appropriately) Run the Jewels 2. You can catch these guys on several Adult Swim TV shows and soundtracks, or, you could catch this eccentric duo on stage (we suggest the latter)
Upcoming Run the Jewels Concert in NYC: November 29th, 2014 @ Stage 48
When will Run the Jewels be On Tour?: November 17th, 2014- December 10th, 2014
If you’ve been listening to hip-hop for awhile, we know you’ve heard of Common. And if you haven’t you’ve probably seen him on the big screen, as he’s recently been exploring career in acting (see Date Night, Wanted, and New Year’s Eve). Common was a highly influential voice in the underground rap scene in the 90’s, maintaining a sophisticated lyrical style and jazz rap elements in the face of mainstream gangsta rap. In other words, Common is old school, and has refused to be anything else. Common recently dropped his tenth studio album titled Nobody’s Smiling, a record written for his hometown, the troubled city of Chicago.
Upcoming Common Concert in NYC: December 9, 2014 @ Irving Plaza
When will Common be On Tour?: November 21, 2014- December 11, 2014
Method Man, a rapper who has always stood out among the rest of his Wu-Tang comrades, is getting ready to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the release of his album Tical. From the beginning, Method Man has grabbed the attention from audiences with his engaging persona, natural flow, and heavy lyricism. Now, Method Man is joining forces with Redman to embark on a tour titled “The Smokers Club Tour”. Method Man’s show at Best Buy Theater will definitely be one of the best hip-hop shows in the city this season.
Upcoming Method Man Concert in NYC: November 26, 2014 @ Best Buy Theater
When will Method Man be On Tour?: November 21, 2014- December 1, 2014
This artist hardly needs an introduction, due to the fact that he’s been on top of the R&B scene for awhile now. But good news for us, Justin Timberlake continues to tour his amazing last record, 20/20 Experience. JT is the quintessential pop star of this decade, having gone from the boy band N*SYNC, to launching a solo career back in the early 2000’s, to becoming the household name for just about every generation of pop/ R&B music lovers. And trust us, from personal experience, JT puts on an incredible live show. Justin Timberlake tickets are often pricey, but if any show is worth the extra money, it’s this one. [UPDATE: This is the official last leg of the #JT2020Tour!!!]
Upcoming Justin Timberlake Concert in NYC: December 14, 2014
When Will Justin Timberlake be On Tour?: November 22, 2014- January 2, 2015
This Odd Future artist has been hinting to us that another album is in the works, and that he has been working with artist Mac Demarco. Just a few days ago, Tyler released the single “Diaper” on tumblr, a track that will likely be on the upcoming album. Tyler has met both success and controversy this past year, but that’s just what comes when your popularity skyrockets from the confines of the internet to being a guest performer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Tyler is known to banter and joke with his crowds, along with speaking about controversial topics, so expect this show to get a little crazy. According to Tyler, he doesn’t know when he will tour again, so consider this tour a MUST SEE.
Upcoming Tyler, the Creator Concert in NYC: December 21, 2014 @ Terminal 5
When will Tyler, the Creator be On Tour?: November 8, 2014- December 21, 2014
Earlier this month, Chris Brown announced with Trey Songz and Tyga that they will be touring together on the “Between the Sheets Tour”. Though the tour won’t kick off until January, Brown announced that he will be going on a mini-tour with August Alsina in a few select cities. Chris Brown’s sixth album titled “X” debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Chart, featuring appearance by Lil’ Wayne, Usher, and R. Kelly. Trey Songz is also experiencing wide range success as his latest single, “Trigga”, hit the top of the charts as well. This joint tour will likely be the biggest hip-hop collective we see in awhile, so if you’re looking to go to a big hip-hop concert, Chris Brown tickets are a must have.
Upcoming Chris Brown Concert in NYC: January 29, 2015
When Will Chris Brown be On Tour?: January 27, 2015- March 8, 2015
Born and raised in LA, Jhene Aiko has been collaborating with other artists since her early teens, and after a brief hiatus, she jumped right into working with artists such as Drake, Gucci Mane, and Kanye West. Jhene Aiko released her first album on 2013, and was immediately hailed for her soft and sultry vocals and ingenious approach to “alternative” R&B. Aiko has often been described as the female counterpart to Frank Ocean, a label that brings her in line with other new age R&B artists. With influences such as Aaliyah, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar, it’s clear to see that Jhene Aiko is ushering us into a new generation of hip-hop while resurfacing the best from the past.
Upcoming Jhene Aiko Concert in NYC: December 3, 2014 @ Best Buy Theater
When will Jhene Aiko be On Tour?: December 2, 2014- December 10, 2014
G-Eazy launched his career while still in college, heading up a hip-hop collective called Bay Boyz while debuting his solo EP titled “The Epidemic”. Now, G-Eazy has made himself known as “the James Dean of rap”, arriving to most of his shows wearing a leather jacket and a pompadour. G’s mixtapes have produced viral singles, including “Runaround Sue”, a refurbished R&B version of the rock & roll classic. After hitting the road with Hoodie Allen, G-Eazy garnered enough recognition to come out with his first full length album, These Things Happen.
Upcoming G-Eazy Concert in NYC: January 16th, 2015 @ Webster Hall
When will G-Eazy be On Tour?: November 21, 2014- February 16, 2015
Karim Kharbouch, known by his stage name French Montana, is an American rapper, and the founder/CEO of Cocaine City Records. Now, following the recent release of his album titled Coke Boys, Montana will be embarking on a North American tour. According to Montana, his influences range from Tupac Shakur to 50 Cent, and we can definitely see the wide array of rap and hip-hop styles on his latest effort.
Upcoming French Montana Concert in NYC: December 9, 2014 @ Best Buy Theater
When will French Montana be On Tour?: December 1, 2014- December 13, 2014
Other Hip-Hop Events in NYC:
The two biggest hip-hop radio stations in NYC (Hot 97 & 107.5) are bringing tidings of great joy with their holiday event, Christmas in Brooklyn. This concert will feature the old and the new, including hip-hop legends Run DMC and actor/ producer LL Cool J. It isn’t very often that Run DMC comes out to perform, so we think it’s pretty awesome that the duo is returning to Brooklyn, to the streets where they first got their start, for a live show. Christmas in Brooklyn Tickets are bound to go fast, so get them soon!
Prior Hip-Hop Concerts in 2013-2014
Eminem & Rihanna
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Even though everyone hates on TicketMaster, they actually do a decent job discovering up-and-coming rap artists. Check out Ones To Watch to see up-and-coming artists. For example, Logic and Jake Miller are two rappers that they helped discover and promote.
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.