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 Wiz Khalifa, Action Bronson, J. Cole, and D’ Angelo. Here’s our list of the best upcoming hip hop concerts in 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.
Tyler, the Creator is going on tour again this summer with fellow Odd Future member Taco. Tyler’s latest, Cherry Bomb, is less of a straight rap record, and more of an exploration of varying musical influences, including a string set recorded in Hans Zimmer’s studio, and bars from Kanye, Weezy, and Pharrell. Tyler first gained popularity with his hit “Yonkers”, and since, has garnished quite the following with his bizarre, quirky, and slightly provocative material. From being just another kid on a skateboard, to the head writer, producer, and inspiration behind the west coast’s new, big hip-hop collective, Tyler the Creator is truly a self-made man.
Upcoming Tyler, the Creator concert in NYC: June 12, 2015 @ Irving Plaza
When will Tyler, the Creator be on tour?: June 5, 2015- July 31, 2015
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. Now, Hoodie Allen will be joining Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy for “The Boys of Zummer” Tour 2015. Sound like an unlikely match? Well to us, it sounds like a very good time. Hoodie Allen, along with the other performers on “The Boys of Zummer” Tour 2015, have always made it a point to stay connected and interactive with his fans during shows, so we think this joint tour one ought to be one your list of must see hip-hop concerts this season.
Upcoming Hoodie Allen concert in NYC: June 24th, 2015 @ Jones Beach Theater
When will Hoodie Allen be on tour?: June 10th, 2015- August 10th, 2015
Wiz Khalifa, first gained national attention with a mix tape released his senior year of high school, is set to tour this summer with Fall Out Boy and Hoodie Allen on “The Boys of Zummer” Tour 2015. This Philly based rapper is known for his pop hooks and smooth hip-hop production, as well as a fruitful collaborating relationship with L.A rapper Snoop Dogg. After his film debut in Mac and Devin Go to High School, Khalifa’s career continued it’s upward bound. Following his “Black and Yellow” Steelers tribute track, Khalifa has rode the wave of his own success, while continuously trying to trump his own rhymes. Check out “The Boys of Zummer” Tour 2015 promo video, and get ready for one of the best team-up tours of the summer.
Upcoming Wiz Khalifa concert in NYC: June 24th, 2015 @ Jones Beach Theater
When will Wiz Khalifa be on tour?: June 10th, 2015- August 10th, 2015
J. Cole, more formally known as the first MC to sign onto Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Label, just became a platinum-record selling artist with his album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive is an honest, poignant album discussing topics ranging from race, to sex, to childhood friends, with his memories and emotions evenly poured into each track. Just off “Act Two: The Journey” of his three-act tour, we can expect to see J. Cole’s last leg of the 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour begin July 12 in Auburn, Washington. J. Cole is a personal favorite of ours, but bias aside, this is one hip-hop artist you don’t want to miss seeing live.
Upcoming J. Cole concert in NYC: August 4, 2015 @ Madison Square Garden
When will J. Cole be on tour?: “Act Three: Hollywood”, July 12, 2015- September 26, 2015
This former master of culinary arts has made quite the impression on the rap scene. Action Bronson, who launched his career as a guest performer with the Wu Tang Clan, has released his first full length record this past year, a very well received album titled Mr. Wonderful. In this breakout record, Bronson brings global awareness, gorgeous orchestration, grade A lyricism, and jazzy vibes to color his tracks. With the careful attention Bronson uses to create his culinary dishes, this masterful rapper has given his debut the utmost care and effort—and it really shows. Be sure to catch Action Bronson on his “Mr. Wonderful World Tour”, an extensive gig schedule that has Bronson touring through October.
Upcoming Action Bronson concert in NYC: TBA
When will Action Bronson be on tour?: April 3, 2015- October 3, 2015
The New Kids on the Block are hitting the road yet again, but this time, with hip-hop legends and aficionados TLC and Nelly. TLC, composed of rappers T-Boz and Chilli, have recently begun their comeback from eighties royalty, using a Kickstarter to fund their upcoming album (which, NKOTB have agreed to donate 10K to!). The tour, entitled “The Main Event” summer tour, will begin May 1st at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center. According to band member Donnie Wahlberg, the tour will feature their most elaborate stage set yet, including “bar seats around the stage so our fans can literally sit right on the stage and converse with us, hang out and heckle us”. We love to hear a band dedicated to bringing a great, interactive show to their fans. We think the New Kids on the Block “Main Event” summer tour could potentially be the hip-hop highlight of the summer.
Upcoming New Kids on the Block concert in NYC: June 21st & 22nd, 2015 @ MSG
When will the New Kids on the Block be on tour?: May 1, 2015- October 10th, 2015
D’ Angelo fans, we know you’ve been waiting long enough to see this powerhouse of talent live. His latest album, Black Messiah, arrived 14 years after 2000’s VooDoo, but every fan and critic can agree that it was worth the wait. With the same charisma and vocal ability that had us wanting more over a decade ago, D’ Angelo arrives back on stage if he never left the R&B scene. Now backed with a band of virtuoso players who go by “The Vanguard”, D’ Angelo is ready to take his “Second Coming 2015 Tour” to eagerly awaiting fans everywhere.
Upcoming D’ Angelo concert in NYC: June 21, 2015 @ Forest Hills Stadium w/ Gary Clark Jr.
When will D’ Angelo be on tour?: June 7, 2015- June 28, 2015
Following his “Between the Sheets” Tour with Tyga and Trey Songz, Chris Brown will now embark on a super mini tour to further promote his album X. Joining Chris Brown on his “X Live Tour” are fellow R&B crooners Omarion and August Alsina, along with female artist Sevyn Streeter, all of which have collaborated with Brown in the past. X, Chris Brown’s sixth studio record, debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Chart, and features appearances by Lil’ Wayne, Usher, and R. Kelly. To witness a group of friends, artists, and hip-hop aficionados join up for one quick tour, be sure to catch Chris Brown this month.
Upcoming Chris Brown concert in NYC: TBA
When will Chris Brown be on tour?: June 10, 2015- June 15, 2015
Big Sean’s time has finally come. With the release of Dark Sky Paradise, the MC protege has finally reached the heights we all saw for him when he was first budding out from Detroit. Dark Sky Paradise is a record that fluxes between the recognition of fame, to being afraid of losing it all, to realizing one’s own potential, and not letting it get to one’s head. Big Sean used himself as the subject of his latest record, and it worked. Big Sean will be on tour through the end of the summer, and for a double dose of hip-hop’s best and brightest talent of today, catch him on one of his “Dark Sky Paradise Tour” dates with J. Cole.
Upcoming Big Sean concert in NYC: TBA
When will Big Sean be on tour?: June 7, 2015- September 26, 2015
Which hip-hop artists will tour in 2015?
After repeatedly hinting at a new album, it’s almost guaranteed that we can expect a 2015 Tour from this rap legend. Read more here.
Well, let’s think for a second. Drake just released a new album, a record that practically came out of nowhere titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Since no one expected Drake to pull a Beyonce and upload an entire album overnight, then maybe all cards are off the table. It could be next month, next week, or even tomorrow that Drake announces the first leg of his North American tour in order to promote the new record. Or at least, that’s what we’re hoping for. Because we love music just as much as you do, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for a Drake 2015 tour.
As mentioned before in our upcoming concert tours and predictions blog, we definitely think Kanye West will be announcing a tour any day now. The evidence stands: Rihanna auctioned off a package titled “The Kanye West Tour Experience” during a live auction. Kanye, Rihanna, and Sir Paul McCartney just dropped a new collaboration titled “Only One”. And West has been dropping hits on talk shows such as Fallon and Ellen for the past several months, as well as speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine about his latest work in the studio. Now, we can only hope it is taking so long for Kanye to announce a new tour because he’s trying to fill the giant shoes of the Yeezus tour. But then again, is that even possible? Don’t worry, we’ll let you know ASAP when Kanye West announces a 2015 tour.
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.
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