In 2016, we saw the long awaited album drop from Frank Ocean, in addition to incredible rap records brought forth by Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, and Drake. With these albums, in addition to some incredible live shows, 2016 has turned out to be a great year for rap and hip-hop. So, to continue what has already been a beautiful period for this genre, here are the best upcoming rap concerts of 2016, including but not limited to Drake, Lauryn Hill, Kanye, Future, and more.
- 1 Upcoming R&B/Hip-Hop Tours in 2016
- 2 Current R&B/Hip-Hop Tours
- 3 Who We Want to Tour in 2016
Upcoming R&B/Hip-Hop Tours in 2016
Back in August, Ms. Lauryn Hill announced her upcoming tour, titled “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!”. After completing the first 11-stop leg, the legendary R&B artist is now on a month-long break before continuing on into the Winter. According to concert reviews of “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!”, Ms. Lauryn Hill has reimagined and evolved several of her hit songs, calling to the catalog of The Miseducation. With electrical musical arrangements, nuanced vocals, and overall faster renditions, Ms. Lauryn Hill found a way to outdo even herself, who, back when she released The Miseducation, garnered 10 Grammy nominations and won five, including Album of the Year. We’re pretty excited that Ms. Lauryn Hill has decided to extend her career, even without having a released a second solo record.
Upcoming Ms. Lauryn Hill Concert in NYC: February 25, 2017 @ Radio City Music Hall
When will Ms. Lauryn Hill be on tour?: October 15, 2016 – April 28, 2016
Though there are plenty of reasons to be sad about summer being over, PartyNextDoor and Jeremih are here to lessen the blow with a string of shows beginning this Fall and going well into December. The “Summer’s Over” Tour was announced at the end of last month, and will hopefully shed light on PND and Jeremih’s alleged joint project, Late Night Party. Recently, the pair teamed up to release “Like Dat” feat. Lil Wayne, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Weezy ends up being one of the tour’s special guests. It’s been quite a biusy year for both PND and Jeremih. PND released his second studio effort P3, which climbed to Billboard 100’s No. 3 spot, while Jeremih released his record Late Nights: Europe back in July. With both artists expanding their industry presence, we think it’s a good idea to see them now before really blowing up.
Upcoming PND and Jeremih concert in NYC: November 21, 2016 @ Terminal 5
When will PND and Jeremih be on tour?: October 23, 2016 – December 11, 2016
Current R&B/Hip-Hop Tours
Hip-hop duo Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, better known as Rae Sremmurd, will begin their first headlining tour on October 1st. The tour is in promotion of their recently released sophomore LP SremmLife 2, which came out August 12th via Ear Drummer/Interscope. Lil Yachty, one of the most prominent rap voices to come out of Atlanta lately, will serve as Rae Sremmurd’s opener, in addition to other special guests from their crew. According to critics, SremmLife 2 is a darker, stranger, and all around more grown-up album to come from the duo. Their album, in addition to Swae Lee’s writing credit on Beyonce’s “Formation” hook, make us really excited for Rae Sremmurd’s upcoming headlining tour.
Upcoming Rae Sremmurd Concert in NYC: October 19, 2016 @ Best Buy Theater
When will Rae Sremmurd be on tour?: October 1, 2016 – November 16, 2016
YG had a strong start to the Summer with the release of his second album Still Brazy, a record which has definitely landed him the most acclaim since his 2009 debut to Compton’s rap scene. Now, YG is getting ready to tour, and has decided to name the trek after his viral anthem: FDT (F*ck Donald Trump). The politically charged track was released this past March and has since been re-released with a video and remixed with G-Eazy and Macklemore. In addition, YG will donate a portion of the tour proceeds to families who have been affected by police brutality. Much like Chance the Rapper, YG has taken on great responsibility along with his artistry. YG will be supported by RJ, Kamaiyah, and Sad Boy on the FDT Tour.
Upcoming YG concert in NYC: October 17, 2016 @ Irving Plaza
When will YG be on tour?: September 18, 2016 – December 4, 2016
TDE member Schoolboy Q is currently traveling the country in support of his latest record, Blank Face. Joey Bada$$, one of Brooklyn’s best, rounds out the bill by supporting Schoolboy Q on what si definitely his biggest tour to date. There aren’t many rap tours that bring together the East and West Coast rap scenes, so this joint is definitely one of a kind, not to mention, we’re unsure if the “Blank Face” Tour will extend into the Winter. Though Schoolboy Q had a lot of contention between his label in the release of Blank Face and its singles, he hasn’t let anything influence his touring momentum. To catch two prominent rappers who keep getting bigger and bigger on the rap scene, we suggest Schoolboy Q and Joey Bada$$ this Fall.
Upcoming Schoolboy Q Concert in NYC: TBA
When will Schoolboy Q be on tour?: October 7, 2016 – October 29, 2016
Almost a year ago, Drake and Future released their joint mixtape, What a Time to be Alive, but didn’t immediately make any tour announcements. It wasn’t until after Drake released his long anticipated Views From the 6 that we were finally given the news of the Drake tour his fans have been waiting for. Next month, Drake and Future will embark on their “Summer Sixteen” Tour, taking them to a variety of stages across North America. The “Summer Sixteen” Tour includes an impressive four night stint at Madison Square Garden, in addition to two performances at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Considering how long Drizzy fans have waited for a large-scale arena tour, we’re not surprised to see a tour this epic. We suggest purchasing tickets to Drake and Future’s “Summer Sixteen Tour, the biggest rap tour of 2016, soon, as ticket price continue to rise.
Upcoming Drake concert in NYC: October 11, 2016 @ Barclays Center
When will Drake be on tour?: July 20, 2016- October 16, 2016
On May 13th, Chance the Rapper fans were gifted Coloring Book, his third LP/mixtape, featuring appearances by Kanye, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Justin Beiber, and more. Coloring Book includes several moments of gospel-rap, church choir arrangements, and plenty of soulful trumpet interludes. Now, Chance the Rapper has announced the “Magnificent Coloring World Tour”, which will bring him to several cities across the U.S and then abroad. In addition to his world tour, Chance will also be hosting his very own music festival, “Magnificent Coloring Day”, the first festival to take place at Cellular Field in South Side Chicago. Chance has certainly moved onto bigger things this year, and we can’t wait to see what he does next.
Upcoming Chance the Rapper concert in NYC: October 1, 2016 @ Citi Field
When will Chance the Rapper be on tour?: September 4, 2016 – November 20, 2016
After the drama surrounding Kanye West and his “Famous” Video, in addition to his self-serving speech at the 2016 MTV VMA’s, Yeezy fans definitely have high expectations for the Saint Pablo World Tour. And true to Kanye West fashion, he has stated that the tour will be epic, and even drew comparisons to the way Star Wars affected him as a child in hopes that his tour will have a long-lasting affect on his fans. Kanye West has finally confirmed the “Saint Pablo World Tour” dates and they include his headlining set at The Meadows inaugural weekend in October, along with two nights at The Garden. We pretty excited for Kanye West’s first tour since Yeezus, and who knows what sort of stunts he’ll bring out this go round. Maybe even a floating stage?
Upcoming Kanye West concert in NYC: September 5, 2016 @ MSG
When will Kanye West be on tour?: August 30, 2016 – November 1, 2016
Coming off of “The High Road” Tour with Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg will continue to tour this winter with a new crew of special guests, including Bone Thugs N Harmony. The “Puff Puff Pass” Tour will also include Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, DJ Quick, Poona City Movement LBC Movement, and more. Not only is Snoop Dogg touring this Winter, but he is gearing up to air his celebrity cooking show with Martha Stewart. The weekly dinner party will hit VH1 this Fall and it may be just what America needs, especially with the crazy election going on.
Upcoming Snoop Dogg concert in NYC: TBA
When will Snoop Dogg be on tour?: November 3, 2016 – December 12, 2016
This past April was a big month for rapper A$AP Ferg, who released his second studio album Always Strive and Prosper, in addition to making an announcement to tour North America with Tory Lanez this Summer. Always Strive and Prosper has been received extremely well since its release and was hailed as Ferg’s most complex and personal record to date. Being part of the notorious New York rap collective A$AP Mob, Asap Ferg has also been busy working on the forthcoming Mob record, along with completing the unfinished LP Asap Yams was working on before his untimely death. Ferg will continue his tour with Playboi Carti and Rob Stone this Fall.
Upcoming A$AP Ferg concert in NYC: November 25, 2016 @ Webster Hall
When will A$AP Ferg be on tour?: October 30, 2016 – December 2, 2016
Who We Want to Tour in 2016
Two years after the release of Childish Gambino’s seven track album Kauai, the artist has returned with Pharos, which, in a nutshell, promises distorted tribal vibes, minimal rapping, and a more artistic approach to the genre. The album has only been heard during Gambino’s Pharos Experience, a two day festival which took place this past Labor Day in the middle of California’s Joshua Tree Desert. The shows featured a live band of drums, other percussion, keys, guitar, bass, and even a choir, much unlike the palette of Internet sounds Gambino has employed before. Instead, Gambino traverses between retro-soul, funk, blues, hip-hop, and other types of African music, all while pushing the boundaries of his own voice and releasing his inner James Brown. Fans who have enjoyed recent releases by Hiatus Kaiyote, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat have much to look forward to. Pharos still doesn’t have a set release date and we wouldn’t be surprised if Gambino opts for a surprise album drop, but most importantly, we hope there’s a tour to follow, and that fans everywhere will get the Pharos experience.
It’s been four years since Frank Ocean released Channel Orange and went on tour in promotion of it, hitting North America’s major cities for just over a month, not including his TV performances. Point being, the world has never seen a massive Frank Ocean tour, and after the release of his highly anticipated follow-up to Channel Orange, we are craving it. Blond finally surfaced on August 20th via an Apple Music Exclusive, with fans only able to download/purchase the album in its entirety (which led to over 750,000 illegal downloads since its release…). The album features guest vocals from Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake, Andre 3000, and production credits from many others. Considering how positively Blond was received (it now sits on at the top of Billboard’s 200 Chart), we think it makes sense Frank Ocean would finally tour in 2017. We also hope that more music comes out before the end of the year, because just one amazing album from Frank Ocean every four years is not enough.
This one is primarily wishful thinking. With the recent release of Untitled Unmastered, fans have been reacquainted with just how incredible Kendrick is. The To Pimp a Butterfly b-sides contain some of the most raw, affective, and powerful lyrics we’ve seen, not only from him, but from the entire rap industry. He extends the dialogue he began with TPAB, on subjects of urban addiction, oppression, and mortality, adding to the brevity of these themes with a loose, unmitigated ferocity. On Untitled Unmastered, Kendrick is joined by several guests, including Cee Lo Green, Jay Rock, Lil Wayne, Thundercat, and Anna Wise. Because Kendrick has tour/festival dates scheduled in Europe through the end of the summer, we think it’s unlikely that K Dot will be touring in North America before Fall. But, when it comes to the latter part of 2016, we’re staying hopeful that Kendrick will have something big planned for his fans in the states. Until then, listen to Untitled Unmastered, and keep the love of Compton’s best rapper alive.
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