So far, 2016 has been an incredible year for rap and hip-hop. We’ve already seen new albums drop from Kanye West, Drake, and Chance the Rapper, and Frank Ocean dropped his long-awaited third LP. With such a promising start, we think that 2016 will turn out to be a wonderful year for the advancement of rap and hip-hop. Since we all know great rappers and hip-hop artists truly shine when performing to their loyal audiences, here are the best upcoming rap concerts of 2016, including but not limited to Drake, Snoop Dogg, 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
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
Current R&B/Hip-Hop Tours
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
Next month, Snoop Dogg will be joined by some amazing hip-hop/rap artists on “The High Road” Summer Tour, including his notably close friend Wiz Khalifa. This is far from the first time the two have collaborated together on a project, but it will be the first time they share the stage for a joint tour. In addition to Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg will be joined by Jhene Aiko, Kevin Gates, Casey Veggies, and DJ Drama. Just last week, Snoop Dogg dropped a single off his upcoming record, the first rap record we’ve seen from Snoop in five years. The track, titled “Kush Ups”, tapped in Wiz Khalifa for a collaboration, and will serve as the first track on the new record, titled COOLAID. Snoop’s new record will drop just before the tour kicks off, so we expect to hear plenty of material from COOLAID on “The High Road” Tour.
Upcoming Snoop Dogg concert in NYC: August 9, 2016 @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
When will Snoop Dogg be on tour?: July 20, 2016- September 2, 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
After selling out back-to-back shows in Brooklyn for the annual celebration in Biggie’s honor, the “Bad Boy Family Reunion”, Puff Daddy announced a collaborative tour between the show’s performers. Artists now on the “Bad Boy Family Reunion” Tour include Lil Kim, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, French Montana, and more. According to Puff Daddy, this tour is twenty years in the making, and will invite fans in on a “celebration of the hits and the Bad Boy lifestyle”. In addition to the “Bad Boy Family Reunion” Tour, Puff Daddy is making progress on his final album, the long awaited No Way Out 2. Puff Daddy has stated that after releasing his final album, he will dedicate 100 percent of his time to working on films. If the original “Bad Boy” stays true to his word, this may be the last chance fans get to catch Puff Daddy on tour.
Upcoming Bad Boy Reunion concert in NYC: September 4, 2016 @ MSG
When will Bad Boy Reunion be on tour?: August 25, 2016- October 4, 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, with support from Yo Gotti, Logic, and YG.
Upcoming G-Eazy concert in NYC: TBA
When will G-Eazy be on tour?: April 30, 2016- September 22, 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”. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis finally dropped their long awaited sophomore record, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. Though the record has made a softer impact than The Heist, it’s still proof that Macklemore 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. The duo is currently on tour in promotion of This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.
Upcoming Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert in NYC: TBA
When will Macklemore and Ryan Lewis be on tour?: April 27, 2016- September 4, 2016
Who We Want to Tour in 2016
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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