Every year has its chosen few. In 2018, it was Cardi B, Migos, Drake, and even Kanye West—though not always positively. We also saw new music from Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. As pop radio continues to trend towards R&B, we think this could only be the beginning of hip-hop’s reign of the charts—and the concert tour circuit.
It’s been an unpredictable year for hip-hop and rap concerts, with Nicki Minaj and Future cancelling their NICKIHNDRXX Tour, or the repeatedly late starts to the “Aubrey and the Three Migos” Tour. But there have been some notable highlights as well, such as Anderson Paak. honoring Mac Miller at the 2018 BET Awards, or Lauryn Hill delivering politically charged revamps of the famed Miseducation.
And still, there is more to come. Here are the Best Upcoming Hip-Hop Concerts in 2018-19, for those rap fans out there who are committed to seeing these amazing musicians live.
Drake & Migos: “Aubrey & The Three Migos” Tour
Cities are postered with reminders of the “Aubrey and the Three Migos” Tour, of the “handpicked dream team” that is set to arrive to many cities this Fall. Though they continue to cancel shows, those who are lucky enough to have their concerts honored are in for quite a treat. From floating Lambos, to the ad-lib fire between Offset, Takeoff, and Quavo, to witnessing the dichotomy of Drake’s abilities, the “Aubrey and the Three Migos” tour has the potential to rake in legendary memories.
When will Drake & Migos be on Tour? July 26 – November 18
Jay Rock, “Redemption” Tour
Fresh off what can only be considered a searingly successful year for Top Dawg Entertainment, rapper Jay Rock has branched out to deliver his lesser-known, though nonetheless powerful arsenal of verses on the “Redemption” Tour. This series of concerts is in support of the album by the same name, which Jay Rock dropped earlier this year. The “Reason” rapper is undoubtedly one of the most promising signees TDE has pledged since its inception, so we suggest hopping on this “Redemption” Tour.
When will Jay Rock be on Tour?: October 24 – November 13
Snoop Dogg, “Puff Puff Pass” Tour
Since the arrival of Doggystyle back in ’93 (holy crap, Snoop’s career is as old as I am), Snoop has defied all logic and expectation to become not only a rap legend, but a fixture in our culture. From reality TV shows, to cookbooks, to purveying his own cannabis products, there is no end to Snoop’s reach. Aside from his societal dominion, Snoop has also been busy in the studio, putting out LPs such as 220 and the god-forward Bible of Love. Not to mention the latest bit of good news to hit the pipes, being that Snoop is back in the studio with Eminem, for what? We hope it’s good, and to find out soon. Snoop’s “Puff Puff Pass” Tour has limited dates, one of which includes a headlining performance at Coors Light Birds Nest festival in February.
When will Snoop Dogg be on Tour?: November 24 – December 21
Childish Gambino, “This Is America” Tour
As if Gambino isn’t enough of a draw himself—especially considering Glover is retiring this rap ego after this tour—the duo Rae Sremmurd and famed rapper Vince Staples will be serving as openers.
The “This Is America” Tour finds Gambino after a strange year of music releases. From the slow simmering Summer Pack, to the searing, internet-arresting “This Is America“, it’s not clear exactly what Gambino’s plan is post tour. Will we ever hear his long-rumored collaboration with Chance the Rapper? Will we receive an LP near the end, with “This Is America” nestled within a larger arc of politically charged tracks? If there’s one thing you have control over in this scenario, it’s seeing Gambino before he retires this piece of himself.
When will Childish Gambino be on Tour?: December 2, 2018 – December 17, 2018
Noname, “Room 25” Tour
If you haven’t heard of Noname, you won’t have an excuse for much longer, but right now we are early in the Chicagoan, lullaby-rapper’s career. When Noname’s second album Room 25 dropped last month, fans were coming away from a debut album that was only the span of 30-minutes, making it hard for Noname to fill sets. Now, with the boost of Room 25 and all of its funk, neo-soul energy, Noname has plenty of material to deliver a set fans will be talking about for weeks. Noname’s 19-date tour begins in January, and according to reviews from her stint through Australia, Noname refuses pretention, and is as fresh, intimate, and provocative in person as her deeply personal sophomore album Room 25.
When will Noname be on Tour?: January 2 – March 15
Post Malone is one of the fastest-rising superstars in the hip-hop industry today. After bursting onto the scene in 2015 with chart-toppers like “White Iverson”, he followed with his first album Stony, which has since been certified double platinum. His most recent album, Beerbongs and Bentleys is due to see even bigger sales with the support from this upcoming tour with fellow rapper 21 Savage. The pair collaborated on Malone’s “Rockstar,” which peaked at number one on the charts in 2017.
When will Post Malone be on Tour?: October 28 – December 31
Though we don’t have the specifics just yet, Cardi B, who has finally been adequately rewarded for her talent and hustle, will in fact be touring in 2019, according to a recent interview she did with Ebro on Beats 1 radio. Cardi recently released “Money”, her first single since the banger-filled Invasion of Privacy. We think it’s safe to expect a few more songs to come out before the end of 2018, as Cardi has promised an arsenal of unreleased tracks she’s just sitting on until she has the time to put them out. Given her journey into motherhood, her marriage to Offset, and a career arc that can only be described as a skyrocket, Cardi has done more than we could ever expect in a single year. We can’t wait for what Cardi has in store for her fans in 2019.
Who We Want to Tour in 2019: Eminem
Eminem really needs no introduction as one of hip-hop’s GOATs. With enough classics to create a catalog that could double as rap’s bible, his status as a must-see performer remains intact. Even though he’s a dynamite live performer who always leaves fans satisfied, he’s been somewhat of a recluse in recent years as far as touring in North America is concerned, with his last major “tour” being the co-headlined “Monster” Tour with Rihanna.
But he’s been far from silent, or out of sight. Just last week, we saw Em atop the Empire State building for Kimmel’s annual New York week, performing “Venom”. And prior to that, we heard him talk longevity with friend and fellow industry member, Elton John. And prior to that, Em surprised released his ninth studio album Kamikaze, which has since gone platinum.
Realistically, Em hasn’t experienced this much activity and exposure for some time, making this moment the perfect one to tour. Will Eminem tour in 2019? We think it’s likely.
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