Have any doubt that hip-hop has made its comeback? Well, for starters, three out of four of the highest selling albums of 2015 were hip-hop records. Dr. Dre dropped his first album in 16 years this summer, and it’s even better than what fans and critics could have imagined it to be. N.W.A debuted its story through film, which was executively produced by the men who inspired it. And, on a politically charged background, hip-hop is embracing opportunities to send messages, enforce community, and rally for rights. Rap and hip-hop is as great as it’s ever been, if not better. We think this is the beginning of an era, and looking back, you’d regret not being a part of it. So here are the best upcoming rap concerts of 2015, including but not limited to Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, and Wale.
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 just recently announced that he will be touring with A$AP Rocky this summer, with special guests Danny Brown and Vince Staples. Even though Rocky and Tyler hail from opposing coasts, with rap styles as different as can be, their fanbase does overlap, which makes this tour a great moneymaker. Both rappers dropped albums this year, records which achieved major strides in putting them in the ranks for the best hip-hop tracks released in 2015. We’re not sure if Rocky and Tyler are going to tour Drizzy and Yeezy style, or if it’ll be two separate rap sets, but either way, this joint tour will surely live up to its names.
Upcoming Tyler and Rocky concert in NYC: September 22, 2015 @ Theater at Madison Square Garden
When will Tyler and Rocky be on tour?: September 19, 2015- October 9, 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
Last winter, Earl Sweatshirt had to cancel his remaining tour dates due to exhaustion. But now, after some much needed r&r, the Odd Future star will be continuing his tour through the end of the summer. The “2015 Ready to Leave Now Tour” is in support of Sweatshirt’s latest record, I Don’t Like Sh!t I Don’t Go Outside. From what we’ve been hearing, Earl wants to be known for something besides his membership with Odd Future, and we think this upcoming tour is the perfect opportunity for him to distinguish himself as an artist. Earl Sweatshirt will be joined by NX Worries and Remy Banks on most tour dates.
Upcoming Earl Sweatshirt concert in NYC: August 22, 2015 @ Best Buy Theater
When will Earl Sweatshirt be on tour?: August 22, 2015- September 19, 2015
It’s been quite an exciting year for Meek Mill, as he just recently became the third highest selling rap artist of the year. His latest album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, which garnered the fourth most highest record sales in its first week. To be clear, this makes Meek Mill the fourth most popular artist of the year, right behind Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Mumford & Sons. We hope Meek Mill can set his Drizzy beef aside to reap the perks of being one of the ones on top, but all drama aside, this rapper has been killing it
Upcoming Meek Mill concert in NYC: September 7, 2015 @ 50 Kent
When will Meek Mill be on tour?: August 8, 2015- September 7, 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
Miguel dropped Wildheart this past June, and we love it. With the hit single “Coffee” ushering the album into the charts, Miguel quickly altered his “sex-obsessed” persona to one that is “sex-positive”, focusing more on relationships and interpersonal connections versus womanizing. The album is noticeably more rock-infused than previous albums, so expect Miguel to be joined by a electric guitar or two. The “2015 Wildheart Tour” has become one of the hottest tours of the summer, and we can see why. With undeniable swag and charisma, this r&b pompadour is incredible to see live.
Upcoming Miguel Concert in NYC: August 7, 2015 @ The Space at Westbury
When will Miguel be on tour?: August 7, 2015- September 27, 2015
We are so excited to see Chance the Rapper go on tour this fall. This past month, Chance got behind a truly amazing album, Surf, from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment. Chance and Donnie go way back, so we’re feeling pretty blessed that these two talented artists found each other and their way into the studio. Chance’s 2015 Tour is titled “Family Matters”, likely due to the number of guests he’s welcoming on his tour. Namely his pal Towkio, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Metro Boomin. We also wouldn’t be surprised if Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment make a few appearances along the way, and in that case, you really don’t want to miss it.
Upcoming Chance the Rapper Concert in NYC: October 3, 2015 + October 5, 2015
When will Chance the Rapper be on tour?: October 11, 2015- November 25, 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
Wale, hailing in from Washington, is the self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Rap from the Capitol”. And after listening to his latest record The Album About Nothing, we certainly agree. Wale brought in several guests to help bring the album to life, including Jerry Seinfeld’s, who introduces several tracks. Wale, in our opinion, echoes much of the music and rap style of the late 2Pac Shakur, a compliment most rappers only dream of. But the comparisons are there, and we are pretty excited for what Wale has in store for the genre.
Upcoming Wale Concert in NYC: TBA
When will Wale be on tour?: August 9, 2015- September 27th
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: TBA
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: TBA
When will D’ Angelo be on tour?: June 7, 2015- October 3, 2015
It seems that Chris Brown really loves touring, as he’s been on constant mini tours since last fall. Now, Brown has enlisted Fetty Wap, Kid Ink, and Omarion to join him on the “One Hell of a Nite Tour”, an amphitheater tour to begin mid-August. Chris Brown hasn’t released an album of new material since his collab record with Tyga, but we think something should be coming soon. Recently, Brown was featured on a gorgeous Rita Ora track called “Body on Me”, and if they have any more plans to collaborate in the future, we definitely wouldn’t complain.
Upcoming Chris Brown concert in NYC: August 30, 2015 @ Jones Beach
When will Chris Brown be on tour?: August 12, 2015- September 19, 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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