In 1999, the four oldschool rappers took the stage following Jay Z's Grammy award winning album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. The tour stopped at cities across North America. Method Man and Redman opened each show, while DMX and Jay Z delivered more lengthy sets.
8 Iconic Hip-Hop Tours
J. Cole - Dollar & A Dream Tour
Before the release of his sophomore album Born Sinner, J. Cole toured cities across America. Performing at small venues, tickets were sold for only $1 each on a first-come-first-serve basis. Cole performed songs from his upcoming album as well as fan-favorite tracks from his older projects.
Puff Daddy - No Way Out Tour
In 1997, Puff Daddy toured North America following the release of his debut album No Way Out. The tour opened up at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit and wrapped up in Nashville. Video images of the late Notorious B.I.G. appeared on the screen while he was performing. It also featured performances by the likes of Jay Z, The Firm, Busta Rhymes, Mase, 112, Lil Kim & Usher.
In 2010, Jay Z and Eminem took part in a mini-tour involving two shows at Comerica Park in Detroit and two shows at Yankee Stadium in New York. B.o.B. and J. Cole were brought along as guests. Each show ended with Eminem triumphantly performing "Lose Yourself".
Just months after releasing their collaborative LP, Ye and Hov took the stage for a worldwide tour. The two performed tracks from Watch The Throne, along with some of their biggest solo hits. Each concert began with "H.A.M." and ended with the highly energetic "Niggas In Paris".
Lil Wayne - I Am Music Tour
Beginning in 2008, Lil Wayne toured North America alongside Nicki Minaj and T-Pain. The tour followed the release of his Grammy award winning album Tha Carter III. Only six months after this tour ended, Wayne hit the road again for his America's Most Wanted music festival. The money don't sleep, so Weezy can't rest.
Kanye West - Glow In The Dark Tour
Considered as one of the most fascinating world tours of all-time. Following the release of Graduation, Kanye toured the globe with opening acts Chris Brown, Lupe Fiasco, and Rihanna. Bright lights and sci-fi-esque themes amazed the sold out arenas.
Hip-hop OGs Dre, Snoop, Eminem, and Ice Cube toured across North America during the summer of 2000. The tour came after the release of each of their solo albums. The group smoked out arenas, and brought along guests Warren G, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Xzibit, and others for the ride.
Take a look at some of the most unforgettable hip hop tours of all time.
Expectations are high for both Drake's "Would You Like A Tour" and Kanye West's "Yeezus" tour, which kick off this weekend, so we've decided to take a look back at some of the most iconic hip hop tours in history.
While there are plenty of festivals and performances that will never be forgotten, we're focusing solely on tours, from Yeezy and Jay Z's Watch The Throne stint, to Diddy's No Way Out, as well as tours including Eminem, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, J. Cole and more!