Every year has its chosen few. In 2018, it was Cardi B, Migos, and Drake. 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.
Here are the Best Upcoming Hip-Hop Concerts in 2019, for those rap fans out there who are committed to seeing these amazing musicians live.
Post Malone: Runaway Tour
Post Malone, who is still riding the wave of Beerbongs & Bentleys, has released three singles this year— one of which appeared on the new Spiderman soundtrack. Now, Post has announced that he will embark on a North American tour, beginning September 14 in Tacoma, WA. Post will be joined by “Sunflower” collaborator Swae Lee, as well as Tyla Yaweh on most dates. The “Runaway Tour” will bring Post Malone back to many of his adoring audiences. It also includes headlining performances at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA and the Las Vegas festival Life Is Beautiful.
Future & Meek Mill: Legendary Nights Tour
We can’t think of a more stacked rap concert tour this year, with Meek Mill and Future teaming up to co-headline the “Legendary Nights” Tour. The two heavyweights will be joined by YG, Mustard, and Houston’s Megan Thee Stallion. The 24-city North American tour will kick off Aug. 28 in St. Louis. Just this past week (July 12) Future dropped “100 Shooters” with Meek Mill and Doe Boy Open Fire. The brooding trap procession finds Future in typical form: trading verses deftly over precise, ominous beats. You don’t want to miss Future & Meek Mill on what will certainly be a legendary tour.
Tyler, the Creator: Igor Tour
Fresh off the release of IGOR, Tyler, the Creator’s fifth—and most fanciful— studio album, the Odd-Future alum has announced a promotional tour. The “Igor” Tour will feature support from Jaden Smith, Blood Orange, and GoldLink, making this one of the more experimental rap tours of 2019. The IGOR tour will start on Friday, August 30, at the Bumbershoot music festival—just one of several music festivals Tyler, the Creator is scheduled to perform.
Ahead of his Lost Tapes II release, Nas announced a string of tour dates—some of which with R&B icon Mary J. Blige, others with longtime friend and comrade in the game Snoop Dogg. The Lost Tapes 2 will be a sequel to his original, 2002 compilation of unreleased tracks. But this time, the material will come from Hip-Hop Is Dead, Untitled, Life is Good, and Nasir session cuts. Charting Nas’ vast, complex, and deeply vital work, The Lost Tapes 2 arrives July 19.
Wiz Khalifa & French Montanta: The Decent Exposure Tour
Not only is French Montana dropping hot Summer singles like “Wiggle It“, he’s also touring with Wiz Khalifa for what will certainly be one of the biggest parties to hit the nation this year. “The Decent Exposure Tour” will mostly feature French Montana, but also offers appearances from Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, Chevy Woods, and DJ Drama.
Currently, French is in album mode. He’s assured fans the LP will drop sometime next month—potentially while he’s on “The Decent Exposure Tour” with Wiz Khalifa. “August, looking at like August,” French stated. “I’m glad I’m able to reach to the roots and still be able to build that bridge between all the young ones and you know, I’m pulling up [in a] beautiful space.” The project will include previously released singles such as the Drake-assisted “No Stylist” and “Slide” feat. Blueface and NY rapper Lil Tjay.
At the shy age of 23, Philly rapper Tierra Whack has already managed to stretch the meaning of a song. Last year’s Whack World—Tierra Whack’s debut LP—is composed entirely of 1:00 minute tracks. Through these little glimpses, Tierra Whack portrays an entire landscape of whimsical, and often deeply personal rap music. Since Whack World, she has dropped five new singles. And though they are a little longer, each one packs a little punch, lights a tiny fire, and alerts listeners to a new talent in the game. Fans can expect more tour dates and another full LP to drop in 2019.
Wu-Tang clan: gods of rap tour
Earlier this year, Wu-Tang Clan celebrated the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with a pair of shows in New York and Philadelphia. Now, Wu-Tang is bringing the celebration to several cities across the nation. In addition to this victory lap, Wu-Tang Clan will be extending their “Gods of Rap” Tour with Public Enemy and De La Soul, both of which are commemorating major anniversaries of their own. It’s been 30 years since Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and three decades since De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising. For those classic rap fans out there, the “Gods of Rap” Tour is a must-see for 2019.
In support of his forthcoming album Death Race for Love, Juice WRLD will continue to tour after his recent stint with Nicki Minaj. Echoing the production styles of Post Malone and Travis Scott, the Chicago-based rapper has been expanding his presence in the game swiftly, and with much fascination surrounding him. His latest single “Robbery” shortens the distance between emo and hip-hop. His darkly worded lyrics evoke being trapped in one’s own destruction like the slow-burning disasters of The Weeknd. This man is definitely on the rise.
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.
The “This Is America” Tour is officially over, but there are still a few remaining chances to see Childish Gambino live in 2019. In April, you can catch Childish Gambino at both Coachella weekends and the Broccoli City Festival. Later in June, he will appear at Bonnaroo.
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.
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.
Cardi B, who has finally been adequately rewarded for her talent and hustle, is finishing up her headlining tour after what has been an insane couple of months. From delivering her stand alone single and instant banger “Money” to winning the Grammy for Rap Album of the Year, Cardi’s reign has been swift and absolute. Cardi has promised an arsenal of unreleased tracks she’s just sitting on until she has the time to put them out. We can’t wait for what Cardi has in store for her fans in 2019.
London-born, Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage had a turbulent year. But now that his residency issues have been temporarily resolved, fans can channel their happiness into excitement for the “I Am > I Was” tour. 21 Savage will be touring in promotion of his most recent album, 2018’s I Am > I Was. DaBaby, who released his debut album Baby on Baby earlier this year, will be joining 21 Savage on the 20 city tour.
This Fall, Logic will embark on a massive tour in support of his fifth studio album, this year’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. If anyone quibbled with Logic’s talent and access to legendary guests, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind tampered those criticisms. The LP featured Eminem, Will Smith, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, G-Eazy, and more. Considering the enormity of most venues Logic will be performing in this Fall, we wouldn’t be surprised if those audiences luck into a surprise, celebrity appearance. Logic will be joined by special guests J.I.D and YBN Cordae on “The Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Tour”.
Rap and Rock don’t have to be in opposition. And this Summer, Lil Wayne will be joining forces with blink-182 to celebrate just how well the genres can work together. Produced by Live Nation, the 38-city co-headlining tour will hit mostly major venues, to arenas and amphitheaters across the country. Special guest Neck Deep will join Lil Wayne and blink-182 for all scheduled performances. To celebrate the upcoming tour, Lil Wayne and blink-182 teamed up for an announcement video, featuring a mash-up of their hits “A Milli” and “What’s My Age Again?”