Earl Sweatshirt didn't release an album last year, but we still haven't forgotten about how good 2013's Doris was. Expect his "Not Ready 2 Leave" tour to feature the usual Odd Future theatrics, but with some exciting new faces along for the ride. Vince Staples released a mixtape and his debut EP, Hell Can Wait, last year to universal acclaim. Songs like "Blue Suede" and "Hands Up" will surely pack a bone-chilling intensity when performed live. Queens upstart Remy Banks will also join Earl and Vince on select dates.
Spring 2015's Must-See Tours
Pete Rock and Slum Village Tour
The next best thing to an actual Slum Village reunion tour with the late, great founding members Baatin and J Dilla. Pete Rock produced "Once Upon a Time," off Slum Village's opus Fantastic Vol. 2, and he's familiar enough with the S.V. catalogue to showcase their history and properly carry on Dilla's legacy. Fittingly, they kicked the tour off on February 2nd during "Dilla Weekend", and the tour continues through April 5th, hitting NYC, Chicago, Vegas, L.A., and more along the way.
J. Cole's "Hometown" Tour
J. Cole will be touring for the next five months in support of his latest album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which debuted at number one on the charts and has already achieved gold status. He has separated the tour into three segments: "Act 1 - Hometown", "Act 2 - The Journey", and "Act 3 - Hollywood". During the "Hometown" tour, Cole will be joined by Bos, Cozz, and Omen, each of whom are signed to his Dreamville imprint, and they'll hit midsize cities such as Tucson, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, and more.
Don't forget the second and third legs of the tour, though, both of which feature a bolstered lineup. If you happen to be in Europe during the month of May, Cole will be joined by Pusha T and Jhene Aiko. In July and August, he's back in the States, with Big Sean and YG for the "Hollywood" show.
Kevin Gates's "I Don't Get Tired (#IDGT)" Tour
Kevin Gates is currently underway in his #IDGT solo tour across the South. If you're familiar with Gates's music, you know he gives it 100% every time he's got the mic, and his live shows should be no different. Southern fans will get a chance to see if Gates really don't get tired. Brasi will wrap up the tour with five consecutive shows in his home state of Louisiana.
A few new leaks in 2015 have got us hoping a Dipset album's on the way. Regardless, Dipset is currently touring backed by Funk Flex on the ones and twos. Between Killa Cam, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zekey, the Diplomats have got enough hits to rock a stage for hours. Dates are out for the rest of March, and the remainder of the tour will be announced shortly. Catch Harlem's finest before they go out of style.
Waka Flocka Flame's Spring Tour
Waka Flocka just released the Turn Up Godz Tour mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid, and if the tape is anything to go by, the real tour will be just that--all the way turnt up. Fans should go to the Flockaveli show expecting a black eye. Waka will start in the deep South and make his way to NYC before capping the tour off in Texas. Go to Waka's website to see the full schedule.
Two of rap's youngest sensations and wildest personalities, Travis Scott and Young Thug, will embark on the "Rodeo" tour this Spring, named after Travis's upcoming debut album. Travis and Thugga will likely perform their solo hits as well as their high-octane collaborations such as "Mamacita" and "Skyfall". Metro Boomin, now one of ATL's hottest producers, will hype up the crowd with an opening DJ set, and he will likely stay behind the boards when Thug and La Flame take the stage.
Unfortunately, you might have to hit StubHub for these. Tix for next week's sold-out NYC show are already going for over $100.
Curren$y's "Pilot Talk III" Tour
New Orleans's Curren$y will hit the South, the Midwest, and the West coast on his "Pilot Talk III" tour in support of his upcoming album of the same name. Past attendees of Curren$y shows have been known to get a contact high from Spitta's on-stage smoking section, so be aware. The Jet Life head has been known to perform with a live band, so look out for that when he hits (new tour date) B.B. King's on March 29th in NYC.
iLoveMakonnen's "Loudest of the Loud" Tour
After his smash hit "Tuesday" was remixed by Drake, Makonnen signed to and released an EP on OVO. Now, he's big enough to embark on his first-ever solo tour, which sees the ATL oddball hitting two shows in NYC before making his way through the midwest to California. The tour promisees to be the "Loudest of the Loud", so make sure you prepare accordingly.
Iamsu!'s "Eyes On Me" Tour with Rome Fortune
Iamsu!, the founder of HBK Gang, has emerged as one of the Bay Area's most promising MCs. At the end of this month, he'll kick off a 30-city tour that starts in L.A. and goes all over the country. He'll be joined by Rome Fortune, who's prolific 2014 has made him one of the hottest acts in Atlanta. Together, you'll get to see two of the most experimental young MCs either coast can offer.
There are two weeks left on the PRhyme tour, so lucky fans in Vancouver, California, and Texas should jump on the opportunity to see Royce da 5'9" and the legendary DJ Premier. Together, they're PRhyme, and their debut album was a dose of what hip-hop diehards needed in 2014. DJ Premier is still one of the best live DJ's around, and it will be a treat to see him play alongside the lyrical attack of Royce da 5'9".
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The best Spring tours of 2015.
Ahh Springtime--when you can finally leave the house and regain some type of social existence. Some of the hottest tunes of the past few months have been on repeat in the headphones, and now it's time to experience the music as it was meant to be heard--live. Some of your favorite artists are crossing the country this Spring, and it's a great time to get your live music fix before you blow all your money on festival season. We've rounded up the most exciting Spring shows coming to a town near you.
Is there anyone we're missing here? If you've seen any of these guys live before, share your experiences in the comments.