Action Bronson's "Blue Chips 2" Tour
When's the last time you saw a 327 pound man do acrobatic maneuvers in and out of a BMW? Never? Well, now's your chance. Action Bronson shows have become a sort of legend. Last year, the rapper not only performed with a handicap kid slung over his shoulder, he also body slammed a fan and passed out weed in front of the police. This second leg of the rapper's successful tour is going to be rolling through the east coast, starting in New Orleans and working its way up Albany, so maybe the west has an excuse not to be in attendance. If you're in Bronson's war path, however, you'd be crazy to miss this.
Tech N9ne's "Independent Grind" Tour
Only two things are certain in life. The first is change. The second is that any post involving Tech N9ne will quadruple its page views. So yes, Tech made the list. Call it a marketing ploy if you’d like but the fact of the matter is that no one in hip-hop has a fan base as passionate and loyal as the self-proclaimed King of Darkness, and his live show is the reason why. Every year, fans from near and far drive hundreds of miles to see his signature brand of rock-infused hip-hop. I do mean every year. Since 2008, Tech has performed over 1,000 shows. And all the while he continues to release original music. You don’t make $7.5 million a year by sitting around apparently.
For his “Independent Grind” tour, the “Fragile” rapper is bringing along Freddie Gibbs, Funk Volume’s Jarren Benton, Strange Music’s own Krizz Kaliko and newcomers Psychward Druggies. If you’re not on the Strange bandwagon yet, this is your chance to see what all of the hype is about.
I know I wasn’t the only one who face-palmed when I heard Rihanna and Eminem were going on tour together. As if hearing the two on “The Monster” weren’t a reminder enough of how pop Em can be as of late, the concept of having to sit through “Don’t Stop the Music” to get to “Lose Yourself” is unfathomable. That being said, we are talking about a North American Eminem tour here. Fans already know he won’t be performing “Cleaning Out My Closet” (hear “Headlights”), but Shady has more than enough classics in his catalogue to warrant a ticket purchase. Who knows, this may be the last opportunity you’ll ever get to hear “The Way I Am” live.
This tour doesn't kick off until August, so you'll have to wait a bit before tickets go on sale.
OutKast's 40-Date Festival Tour
So this isn’t a single “tour” technically but 2014 marks the return of Outkast to the main stage and you’d be crazy to miss it. From the West coast (Coachella) to all the way down south in Rome, Georgia (Counterpoint), there’s an ATLien show coming your way. Git up, git out and get some.
At this point, you should have had your fair share of listens to Q’s major label debut. Say what you will about Q’s lyrical ability, there’s no denying that the production begs to be heard on the loudest speakers you can get your hands on. I wouldn’t wish Tinnitus on myself or anyone else, but if it did happen, what better time and place than when the bass hits on “Man of the Year”? A bonus for TDE fans, Isaiah will be drawing his set list prominently from the acclaimed Cilvia Demo. Staples is primed to have a hell of year as well. Stay ahead of the mainstream and check him out now.
HotNewHipHop breaks down five tours that are absolutely worth the cost of the ticket.
Lets be real, most of us can't even afford to buy CDs at retail value. At least that's what we tell ourselves as we pirate just about every record we can get our hands on. That being said, there are some things in life that just aren't accessible for free on the internet no matter how badly we want them to be. One of those things is food. Another is live performances. "Bullshit! 50 is streaming his SXSW performance for free on March 11th," you might say. Well, first off, stop being a smart ass. Second, while it's true you might be able to "see" Mr. Cent perform as an independent artist for the first time since 2001 from the comfort of your own home, trust me, you won't be able to "feel" it. Not the way you would in person at least. Maybe one day we can all stream hologram performances from our couches. Until that day, this is what we're stuck with. Sorry.
The following are five tours--some mainstream and others I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T (welcome home, Boosie)--that every hip-hop head should at least consider purchasing a ticket for. They're in alphabetical order so don't go freaking out about rankings. Time to break the bank.