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 who knows, it may even be the year Frank Ocean decides to deliver 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, Rihanna, Vince Staples, and Future.
- 1 Upcoming R&B/Hip-Hop Tours in 2016
- 2 Who We Want to Tour in 2016
Upcoming R&B/Hip-Hop Tours in 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: August 4, 2016 @ Madison Square Garden
When will Drake be on tour?: July 20, 2016- October 16, 2016
Though fans are still anxiously awaiting the release of Rihanna’s highly anticipated eighth studio album Anti, RiRi has already announced to her fans the “Anti World Tour”. In the U.S, Rihanna will be joined by special guest Travis Scott. Once she takes off to Europe in the Fall, The Weeknd and Big Sean will act as Rihanna’s openers. We’re pretty excited about Rihanna’s upcoming world tour, but similar to her faithful fans, we too are wondering when Anti will finally drop. According to Vice Magazine, Rihanna was spotted in the studio just a week ago: was this to continue recording, or to listen to the final cut of Anti? Just a few days ago, Rihanna was spotted filming a music video for the song “Work” with Drake, a match we already know to be made in heaven. We know Kanye had a heavy hand in producing Anti, so we’re ready to believe that the record is going to be worth the wait. And hopefully, SWISH will be soon to follow!
Upcoming Rihanna concert in NYC: March 27th & 30th @ Barclays Center
When will Rihanna and Travis Scott be on tour?: February 26, 2016- June 24, 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
Vince Staples is considered one of the most prolific rappers of the decade, and is taking his personal hip-hop account to cities all around the U.S. This past June, Vince Staples released his debut record Summertime 06′, an album written in dedication to the destruction Staples watched occur around him as a teen during the Summer of 2006. After leaving his violent surroundings, Staples was able to gain a nuanced perspective on the fear felt during his adolescence, where parents were constantly reporting new death, and where fathers were being sent to jail for their crimes. Having worked closely with a few Odd Future members, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar, Staples was able to gain the momentum he needed drop Summertime 06′. And since it’s release, Summertime 06′ has been considered a truly authentic coming of age tale of Staples’ experiences, but which can be applied to several up and coming rappers born into violent neighborhoods. With such an incredible debut, we can’t wait to see what he does next.
Upcoming Vince Staples concert in NYC: TBA
When will Vince Staples be on tour?: March 12, 2016- July 30, 2016
This year, Fetty Wap finally saw the success he deserves. Success that feels so sudden and surreal, but the second he bought his mama a house, he knew: He made it. His breakout radio-hit “Trap Queen”, once given the Kanye-West seal of approval, skyrocketed to the top of the charts, leading to Fetty Wap being awarded a Moon Man, 2.4 million downloads, and a remix from Drake. At only 24, Fetty Wap is now in the major leagues, and we are excited to be right there with him. Wap is gearing up to release a new album soon, but he’s not pushing the date, and will likely just surprise us out of the blue (because it seems that’s the way everyone is doing it these days). We hope Fetty Wap keeps it up as a pop mainstay, and from the looks of him onstage with T-Swift, we think he’ll be on our radio waves for awhile.
Upcoming Fetty Wap concert in NYC: TBA
When will Fetty Wap be on Tour?: March 25, 2016- July 23, 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. But Ferg is scheduled to break from music producing to join Tory Lanez on the “Level Up” Summer Tour.
Upcoming A$AP Ferg concert in NYC: June 23, 2016 @ Irving Plaza
When will A$AP Ferg be on tour?: June 13, 2016- June 24, 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 8, 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: July 26, 2016 @ Barclays Center
When will G-Eazy be on tour?: April 30, 2016- September 1, 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: June 21, 2016 @ Hammerstein Ballroom
When will Macklemore and Ryan Lewis be on tour?: April 27, 2016- June 17, 2016
Who We Want to Tour in 2016
The week of May 3rd, fans were alerted just a few days prior that Chance the Rapper would be dropping his third mixtape that Friday. And there it was, a blessing to our ear buds, Chance’s third and perhaps best material to date. The record, titled Coloring Book, contained collaborations with Kanye, Future, Donnie Trumpet, Lil Wayne, Noname, and more. And soon after its release, Chance appeared in an interview with Zane Lowe, where it was revealed that Chance will be embarking on a massive world tour in September. So far, he has plans to tour Australia, Asia, New Zealand, and beyond. Though there wasn’t any mention of a North American Tour, we think it’s safe to assume Chance will make a run through the states before settling down for a bit. In the interview, Chance admitted to taking a break from writing music, but this could mean his schedule will be filled with performances instead. We hope Chance the Rapper decides to tour in 2016, but until that announcement is made, check out the incredible Coloring Book via SoundCloud!
According to a source close to the rapper/designer, Kanye West is close to releasing tour dates for The Life of Pablo. Fans could have news about Yeezy’s upcoming tour in perhaps just a couple of weeks, but word can’t come soon enough, especially considering that this will be Kanye’s first trek since 2013’s Yeezus Tour. Besides a ticketed event at NYC’s Madison Square Garden at the release of TLOP and a scheduled festival appearance for Governor’s Ball, Kanye’s kept his schedule pretty light. But since he announced to Twitter that another album is set to drop this summer, tour rumors began to circulate once more. Though, this could all just be his fans wishfully thinking that Yeezy will grace their homestate’s sometime soon. We think there’s an excellent chance Kanye will tour in 2016. The Life of Pablo is a record West is extremely proud of, and we don’t think he’d forsake a chance to have his fans show how excited they are to be in the next era of Kanye.
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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