Every year has its chosen few. In 2018, it was Cardi B, Migos, and Drake. So far this year, Cardi B has continued her reign, Lizzo has arrived on the scene, and Wu-Tang Clan is touring their legendary collective to celebrate 25 years of influence. 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
On Tour: Through November 21, 2019
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.
On Tour: Through December 21, 2019
DaBaby—the rising rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina—has finally erupted on the rap scene after three years of dropping mixtapes and EPs. His most recent offering, Kirk, finds him collaborating with some of the biggest names in rap including Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, and Migos. Now, DaBaby is taking his lyrical flamboyance and rap prowess across the nation this Fall and Winter to celebrate what has been a huge, career-defining year.
Tyler, the Creator: Igor Tour
On Tour: Through November 9, 2019
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.
On Tour: Through December 13, 2019
Nobody could’ve foretold how a few guys who met on a Kanye West fan forum would become one of the most fascinating—and successful—rap collectives of their generation. Before there was Brockhampton, there was a 13-year old Kevin Abstract posting an ad for “Artists Wanted” on KanyeLive, the forum he was outright addicted to. And before Brockhampton was getting paid for their Viceland show and unpredictable live shows, they were lining the hallways of a tiny, California apartment with sleeping bags and eating hoards of convenience store food to get through the day. Fresh off the release of GINGER, Brockhampton is touring the U.S this Fall and Winter. Don’t miss out on catching one of today’s most vital hip-hop groups as they celebrate the (almost) impossible career they paved.
On Tour: Through November 24, 2019
With five new singles already out this year, it seems that the L.A based group Shoreline Mafia is well positioned to become major influencers for West Coast rap. This past September, Shoreline Mafia dropped Party Pack Vol. 2 —a nine-track mixtape featuring guest spots from Curren$y, Warhol.SS, BandGang Paid Will, and Mac P Dawg. From nearly starving from their pursuit, to being spotlighted by music mags nationwide, Shoreline Mafia are an unruly and energetically diverse entity who breathes fresh air into the scene. Don’t sleep on your opportunity to see this group live, before the rest of the world catches on to their star power.
On Tour: December 6-7, 2019
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 is a sequel to his original, 2002 compilation of unreleased tracks. But this time, the material came 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 arrived in July. Now, Nas is touring minimally with beloved soul singer Erykah Badu.
Wu-Tang clan: gods of rap tour
On Tour: Through November 2, 2019
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.
Snoop Dogg, “Puff Puff Pass” Tour
On Tour: Through January 19, 2020
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.
On Tour: Through December 15, 2019
Every season is Lizzo season as the hip-hop, rap singing starlet continues to make her way across the nation on the “Cuz I Love You Too” Tour. One of the best shows you can see this year hands down, Lizzo’s audiences are blessed with a concert filled with rejuvenating self-love, charisma, belting vocals, and twerking confidence. Backed by a supportive group of dancers, Lizzo manages to bring to life one of her early outstanding lyrics: “If I’m shining everybody gonna shine.” And shine, she does. Fans, we can’t say it enough: Do not miss your chance to see Lizzo on her celebratory, “Cuz I Love You Too” Tour this year.
On Tour: Through November 16, 2019
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”.