Drake. Lizzo. Cardi B. Migos. Kendrick Lamar. Megan Thee Stallion. With a rap, hip-hop, and R&B scene brimming with so much energy, so much talent, fans would be remiss to sit out any of their favorite artist’s upcoming tours.
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen some of rap’s premier players go on tour. But we think this year, especially, will offer some incredible rap concerts. Here are the Best Upcoming Hip-Hop Concerts in 2021 (so far), for the rap fans out there committed to seeing these amazing performers live. Stay connected with us, as more rap concerts will be announced as vaccinations continue and live music events become more safe.
On Tour: June 5, 2021 – October 28, 2021
Bronx-native rapper Lil Tjay will hit the road this summer, touring to promote his sophomore album Destined 2 Win. Lil Tjay is finally getting the attention he deserves, largely due to the success from Destined 2 Win which featured big guests such as Saweetie, Polo G, and Tyga.
Now, Lil Tjay has no shortage of confidence. You can tell throughout the tracks on Destined 2 Win (such as “Born 2 Be Great”), in addition to the way Lil Tjay reacted to being snubbed by the most recent BET awards. With self-assurance, widening talent, and a ferocious belief of his own potential, Lil Tjay is setting himself up to be one of the biggest rappers of this decade. What can we say? Lil Tjay’s unwavering confidence and self-awareness has us convinced: if you can, do not miss Lil Tjay in concert, on his “Destined 2 Win” Tour.
On Tour: July 1, 2021 – July 10, 2021
We hope Snoop Dogg stays on the road for much longer than he currently has planned, because the return of live music deserves an extended stint from this legend. To this day, Snoop Dogg continues to release chart-ranking rap music. This year, Snoop dropped his eighteenth studio album From the Streets 2 tha Suites. We think Snoop’s new album deserves a full tour, which we hope is announced sometime this summer.
On Tour: June 12, 2021 – October 30, 2021
Yes fans, you heard correctly. And not only is “Hot in Herre” Nelly going on tour this summer, he is appearing with some incredible artists on a few, once-in-a-lifetime nights. Namely, the “Encore Drive-In Nights” special concert event with Florida Georgia Line and Chase Rice on June 12th. He’s also slated to perform in concert with Baby Bash in June and Juvenile in September. Performing mostly from his catalog of past hits, Nelly live is a guaranteed good time this summer.
Rap Music Festivals
Rolling Loud Miami
Dates: July 23-25, 2021
This summer, there will be few hotter places for rap and live music fans to be in than Miami when Rolling Loud comes to town. This year at Hard Rock Stadium, Rolling Loud Miami audiences will be treated to headlining performances by A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, and Post Malone. But the greatness doesn’t end there.
Rolling Loud Miami 2021 will also feature performances from Megan Thee Stallion, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Kodak Black, Swae Lee, City Girls, Rick Ross, Nav, and many more. Rolling Loud Miami is, without a doubt, the premier live rap music even happening this summer. Get your tickets ASAP.
Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival
Dates: November 5-6, 2021
This year, over 100,000 fans are scheduled to gather in Travis Scott’s hometown of Houston for his now annual Astroworld Festival. This year, Astroworld Fest will be produced with the theme, “Open Your Eyes to a Whole New Universe.” According to Scott, who is headlining the festival, Astroworld 2021 will be a multi-stage experience that pays homage to AstroWorld—the now-defunct amusement park of Scott’s (and many others) youth.
So far, Travis Scott is the only known headliner and performer for the 2021 Astroworld Festival. Actually, it’s the only festival to sell-out ahead of a lineup announcement. Who will perform the 2021 Astroworld Festival? We speculate that festival favorites such as Lil Uzi Vert and Don Toliver are near guarantees. We also wouldn’t be surprised if the great Megan Thee Stallion touches down in Houston, as well.
Rolling Loud California
Dates: December 10-12, 2021
This winter, Rolling Loud is returning to California, bringing the biggest names in rap to perform at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. This year’s Rolling Loud California will feature headliners J. Cole, Kid Cudi, and Future. The festival is making a huge return, spreading to three days instead of its traditional two.
Filling out the Rolling Loud California 2021 lineup are acts such as Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, 2 Chainz, Swae Lee, Tyga, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Playboi Carti, and more. Tickets for Rolling Loud California will go on sale in June. We suggest staying on top of it, as tickets are bound to go fast.
Rap and Hip-Hop Tours in 2022
Run the Jewels
On Tour: March 31, 2022 – August 18, 2022
The unlikely joint tour between Run the Jewels and Rage Against the Machine will finally take place spring and summer of 2022. Run the Jewels, otherwise known as the combination of El-P and Killer Mike, will be promoting 2020’s critically acclaimed RTJ4. It will be incredible to celebrate the accomplishment of RTJ4. The LP is personal, timely, an expertly produced venture that elevated the conversation surrounding this ever-surprising pair. We can’t wait to see what Run the Jewels bring to it live.
On Tour: January 21, 2022 – May 1, 2022
It’s been four years since fans in North America have been presented with the opportunity to catch The Weeknd, live. Now, behind his forthcoming, sixth studio album After Hours (March 20th, 2020), The Weeknd is scheduled to tour Canada and the U.S from July through September.
Led by the singles “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless,” After Hours, so far, signals a return to the grittier, trap-house music of The Weeknd’s past. Though, unlike most songs on Trilogy and Kiss Land, these new tracks from The Weeknd also indicate his muscular sense for music that can be industry-pop famous. Always giving fans a truthful blend of both lightness and darkness, The Weeknd’s new project gleans the pain of being alive. And judging by the intense visuals, The Weeknd’s “After Hours” Tour is a concert you won’t want to miss.
On Tour: January 21, 2022 – February 27, 2022
South African hip-hop duo Die Antwoord will be continuing plans for their “House of Zef” Tour in 2022. In 2020, Die Antwoord finally released House of Zef, which included previously released single “Baita Jou Sabela,” featuring South African rapper Slagysta.