2017 is the Summer of the Massive Rap Tour

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J. Cole will perform at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix (photo courtesy of the artist)

Four of the hottest names in rap will be making their way through the valley in a span of four weeks this summer.  It’s a concert a week starting with the last week in June and continuing through mid-July.  All produced by Live Nation, the shows also span the entire valley with two shows on the west side, one in central Phoenix and one in the southeast valley.  As a genre, the strength of these tours clearly demonstrate that rap artists are the current megastars of music.

Future at Ak-Chin Pavilion

Future kicks-off the summer of rap.  Future is in the midst of a coast-to-coast 34 stop tour which will stop in Phoenix at the Ak-Chin Pavilion on June 28.  The Nobody Safe Tour is in support of Future’s latest albums Future and Hndrxx. Supporting acts will be Migos, ASAP Ferg and Zoey Dollarz. 

Future and Hndrxx were released a week apart this past February.  Both albums debuted at #1.  This makes Future the first artist to debut two albums in consecutive weeks with each debuting at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts.

J. Cole at Talking Stick Resort Arena

Multi-platinum-selling artist J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only Tour will stop in Phoenix on July 6 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.  The 4 Your Eyez Only tour is a massive 57-city world tour with shows across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Cole is touring in support of his fourth album, the Platinum-certified 4 Your Eyez Only, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in December. Each of its ten tracks has placed on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. All four of J. Cole’s studio albums have peaked at #1 on the charts and been certified platinum.

The 4 Your Eyez Only Tour follows Cole’s 2015 “Forest Hills Drive Tour,” which was the highest-selling hip-hop tour of that year, after which Cole embarked on an international festival run in 2016.

Kendrick Lamar at Gila River Arena

Seven-time Grammy-winning artist Kendrick Lamar will be launching his 35-stop tour in Phoenix on July 12 at Gila River Arena.   The DAMN. Tour, which features support from special guests Travis Scott and D.R.A.M., will begin in Phoenix and then work its way through most of North America, finishing on September 2 in Miami.

Lamar’s recently released fourth studio album, DAMN. debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.  This is Lamar’s third album to debut at the top spot.  Just as impressive, as of May 6 all 14 tracks from Damn. were on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.  Lamar is only the fifth artist to land that many songs on the Hot 100 chart simultaneously.  This puts Lamar in the company of the only other artists to accomplish this feat: The Beatles with 14, Drake with 24, The Weeknd with 18 and Justin Bieber with 14.

Logic at Mesa Amphitheatre

Logic will be at Mesa Amphitheatre on July 18 as part of his 29 stop Everbody tour.  The tour launches July 7 in Salt Lake City and the concert in the valley is the 6th show of the tour.  Logic is supported on the tour by Joey Bada$$ and Big Lenbo.

Logic released Everybody on May 5 and it hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It is Logic’s 4th top 12 album and follows Bobby Tarantino which peaked at #12 in 2016, The Incredible True Story which peaked at #3 in 2015 and Under Pressure which peaked at #4 in 2014.

While the first 3 concerts are massive affairs at 3 of the biggest arenas in the Phoenix area, this show at Mesa Amphitheatre will definitely be the most intimate.  Seating 5,000 in an all lawn setting, Mesa Amphitheatre may be one of my favorite venues in the valley because it feels even more intimate than its 5,000 pearson capacity would suggest.

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