When we look back on 2015, some of the biggest events in the music industry belong to the rap/hip-hop genre: The arrival of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” which spawned countless covers and some pretty incredible internet memes. The return of Yeezy, who reminded us of the talent which brought him to the top with “Real Friends/No More Parties in LA“. The debut of Californian rapper Vince Staples, who’s first record Summertime ’08 shook us with the same gritty notes as Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly. And, on a politically charged background, hip-hop seized several 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 2016, including but not limited to Vince Staples, Rihanna, Lil’ Wayne, and Fetty Wap.
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.
Though fans are still anxiously awaiting the release of Rihanna’s highly anticipated eighth studio album Anti, RiRi has already announced to her fans the “Anti World Tour”. In the U.S, Rihanna will be joined by special guest Travis Scott. Once she takes off to Europe in the Fall, The Weeknd and Big Sean will act as Rihanna’s openers. We’re pretty excited about Rihanna’s upcoming world tour, but similar to her faithful fans, we too are wondering when Anti will finally drop. According to Vice Magazine, Rihanna was spotted in the studio just a week ago: was this to continue recording, or to listen to the final cut of Anti? Just a few days ago, Rihanna was spotted filming a music video for the song “Work” with Drake, a match we already know to be made in heaven. We know Kanye had a heavy hand in producing Anti, so we’re ready to believe that the record is going to be worth the wait. And hopefully, SWISH will be soon to follow!
Upcoming Rihanna Concert in NYC: March 27th & 30th @ Barclays Center
When will Rihanna and Travis Scott be on tour?: February 26, 2016- June 24, 2016
Lil’ Wayne’s upcoming tour will mostly be hitting cities he rarely gets to perform in, so those of you who live in the lesser known metroplexes around the U.S, you’re in luck. “The Dedication Tour” will kick off January 21st in El Paso and wrap up in Lincoln, Nebraska this March. Joining Lil’ Wayne on “The Dedication Tour” is Rae Sremmurd (Khalif and Aaquil Brown), the hip-hop trap duo hailing in from Atlanta. This month, Rae Sremmurd debuted “By Chance”, a raw, hard-hitting track that calls out the dark elements of partying. Lil’ Wayne hasn’t released any new music lately, but he’s been seen with former girlfriend Christina Milian in her latest music video “Do It”. And according to recent reports, Wayne is working with Mannie Fresh and Juvenile on a new joint record.
Upcoming Lil’ Wayne Concert in NYC: February 20, 2016 @ Blue Cross Arena (Rochester, NY)
When will Lil’ Wayne be on tour?: January 21, 2016- March 6, 2016
For what could possibly be Lupe Fiasco’s final tour, the “Kick Push” rapper will be hitting the road this month to celebrate the first of three albums he is to release this year, in addition to the 10th anniversary of his debut record, Food & Liquor. The first of three records will be Drogas, Spanish for “drugs”, the acting acronym for “Don’t Ruin Us God Said”. According to Lupe, Drogas is set to drop soon. Roy, what is said to be Lupe’s final record, will also be out sometime this year, but since it’s going to be Fiasco’s final word in the rap industry, we hope he takes his time releasing it. We think this upcoming Lupe Fiasco tour will be a truly special one. Not only will it be packed with three new albums worth of material, but it will be a throwback to his first record, a final “thank you” to his adoring fans, and, sadly, a goodbye (though, didn’t he tease his departure from the music industry back in 2011?)
Upcoming Lupe Fiasco concert in NYC: February 4, 2016 @ Highline Ballroom
When will Lupe Fiasco be on tour?: January 13, 2016- February 13, 2016
Vince Staples is considered one of the most prolific rappers of the decade, and is taking his personal hip-hop account to cities all around the U.S. This past June, Vince Staples released his debut record Summertime 06′, an album written in dedication to the destruction Staples watched occur around him as a teen during the Summer of 2006. After leaving his violent surroundings, Staples was able to gain a nuanced perspective on the fear felt during his adolescence, where parents were constantly reporting new death, and where fathers were being sent to jail for their crimes. Having worked closely with a few Odd Future members, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar, Staples was able to gain the momentum he needed drop Summertime 06′. And since it’s release, Summertime 06′ has been considered a truly authentic coming of age tale of Staples’ experiences, but which can be applied to several up and coming rappers born into violent neighborhoods. With such an incredible debut, we can’t wait to see what he does next.
Upcoming Vince Staples concert in NYC: TBA
When will Vince Staples be on tour?: November 24, 2015- March 12, 2016
This year, Fetty Wap finally saw the success he deserves. Success that feels so sudden and surreal, but the second he bought his mama a house, he knew: He made it. His breakout radio-hit “Trap Queen”, once given the Kanye-West seal of approval, skyrocketed to the top of the charts, leading to Fetty Wap being awarded a Moon Man, 2.4 million downloads, and a remix from Drake. At only 24, Fetty Wap is now in the major leagues, and we are excited to be right there with him. Wap is gearing up to release a new album soon, but he’s not pushing the date, and will likely just surprise us out of the blue (because it seems that’s the way everyone is doing it these days). We hope Fetty Wap keeps it up as a pop mainstay, and from the looks of him onstage with T-Swift, we think he’ll be on our radio waves for awhile.
Upcoming Fetty Wap concert in NYC: February 9 & 10, 2016 @ Irving Plaza
When will Fetty Wap be on Tour?: November 8, 2015- March 25, 2016
Just 18 months after the release of his breakthrough record These Things Happen, G-Eazy, the leather jacket toting pompadour, dropped his sophomore record When It’s Dark Out. This was a near impossible feat, one which G-Eazy himself admits to not knowing how he managed to pull off. G-Eazy, known as “the James Dean of Rap”, met success early when These Things Happen found its way up to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s All Genre chart, which rarely happens with independently released debut records. When It’s Dark Out has already produced a contagious hit single, “Me Myself & I”, which gracefully blends the electronic and hip-hop genres G-Eazy is known to traverse. When It’s Dark Out, a markedly more complex record than his first, will be the primary focus for all of G-Eazy’s upcoming live performances. So if you’re looking to see a guy who has talent, style, and knows how to strut it, then check out G-Eazy on his “When It’s Dark Out” World Tour.
Upcoming G-Eazy Concert in NYC: January 23-25th @ Terminal 5
When will G-Eazy be on tour?: January 13, 2016- February 18, 2016
After a two year hiatus, Macklemore and his partner in crime Ryan Lewis are back at it again. So far, we’ve only been given a couple of singles off of the highly anticipated follow-up to The Heist, that being the rock/hip-hop triumph “Downtown”, and Macklemore’s gushy tribute to his newborn daughter, “Growing Up”. Though we’re not sure when the next Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album is going to drop, we’re just happy one of our favorite rappers is back on his feet after dealing with his demons, and is determined to be there for his fans who’ve been supporting him through it all. This tour may seem short, but Macklemore and Ryan Lewis fans can expect another leg of the tour to take place in Spring 2016, in support of their upcoming record.
Upcoming Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert in NYC: TBA
When will Macklemore and Ryan Lewis be on tour?: January 9, 2016- February 5, 2016
Ever since Lil Jon determined her a hit back in 2004 at the first listen of “Goodies”, Ciara has been consistent in producing hit singles, not to mention her incredible choreography and dance talents to match. Through making lifelong connections with artists such as Missy Elliott, in addition to headlining a tour with Jay-Z, Ciara solidified herself as a force in the R&B/hip-hop industry. And even though she hasn’t embarked on a headlining tour in six years, we have complete faith in Ciara as she continues her Jackie tour in support of her newest record, an album dedicated to her mother. Though Ciara has taken many different turns in regards to her music and style, we hope she’ll give audiences a few throwbacks on her upcoming “Jackie” Tour.
Upcoming Ciara concert in NYC: TBA
When will Ciara be on tour?: October 16, 2015- April 24, 2016
….Will Kanye or Drake Tour in 2016?
With both Drake and Kanye slated to release albums this year (Drake, Views from the 6, and Kanye, SWISH), we here at Tickpick are hoping (ALL of our fingers are crossed) that Drizzy and Yeezy will announce tours for 2016. Kanye expanded his family to include a baby boy by the name of Saint West, which could complicate plans for an upcoming tour, but we think he can manage fatherhood in addition to doing a full promotion for SWISH. Drake has been teasing the release of Views from the 6 for over a year now, and when he surprise-dropped If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, fans were pretty caught off guard, as they were expecting the hometown homage Drizzy promised. Though, at first listen of Drake’s surprise release, no complaints were made. It was amazing. Now, after the “Hotline Bling” buzz has subsided, fans have set their sights back on The 6, which Drake has promised for 2016. Will Views from the 6 be accompanied by a world tour? We really hope so. If both Kanye West and Drake decide to tour in 2016, this will become quite an incredible year for hip-hop. As we said, the genre is looking better than ever.
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