As autumn approaches, it brings with it the staples of the season: sweaters, apple picking, and, of course, a new host of can’t-miss tours. From the biggest names in modern music to icons from the past, music fans are in no short supply of highly-anticipated upcoming shows. To help you start hammering out your fall concert schedule, we’ve rounded up 11 of the most essential R&B and hip-hop tours coming to a city near you. Check them all out below, and peep our lists of essential pop, rock, country, and heavy metal tours as well.
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Underground hip-hop heroes Armand Hammer (Billy Woods and ELUCID) have a brand-spankin’-new album on the way, We Buy Diabetic Test Strips. But that’s not all, because they’re also bringing their left-field raps on the road. The trek predictably kicks off in New York City on October 1st, and the duo will make their way through the United States through November before picking it back up in January.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), hip-hop trio Digable Planets have charted out a tour across North America. Starting in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 8th, the trek will go on to hit 11 additional cities including D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and more. If they’re coming anywhere near you, take it as your chance to catch legends of the genre performing some of their most heralded work.
Doja Cat has entered her weird era, and we’re so here for it. Now that she’s grabbed our “Attention” with the singles from her upcoming album Scarlet, we’re all the more excited for her fast-approaching tour dates. Kicking off on October 31st in San Francisco, the 24-date run sees the artist accompanied by Ice Spice and TDE rapper/singer Doechii — a trio for the ages.
Ms. Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauren Hill is an undisputed classic (in fact, we ranked it as the second best hip-hop album of all time). For the record’s 25th anniversary, the iconic artist is taking the album on the road, and she’s brining along her old rap group Fugees for good measure. Seemingly, this 11-date run is geared towards a very specific audience: people who enjoy incredible music.
Lil Uzi Vert
After being the year’s first hip-hop artist to nab a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Pink Tape, Lil Uzi Vert is set to hit the road. The “Pink Tape Tour” will hit 17 cities, including Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and more, and runs from October 21st through December 4th.
For the first time since 2019, British-Nigerian rapper Little Simz is heading to North America for a run of dates. The artist will kick off the tour in Chicago on September 20th, before making her way across the continent and eventually wrapping up in New York City on October 13th. Get excited by checking out her excellent project NO THANK YOU, and for a taste of what the shows might be like, take a peek at her tour documentary On Stage Off Stage.