50 Cent, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Childish Gambino, Jhene Aiko, Kid Ink, Action Bronson and more
Hot 97 Summer Jam:
Summer Jam is the annual hip-hop fest held at Giants Stadium and sponsored by New York based radio station Hot 97FM and also by a Boston based radio station, Jam'n 94.5 FM. Normally held in June, the concert features the most popular acts that hip-hop and R&B have to offer in a particular year.
For the 1973 Concert at Watkins Glen Raceway see Summer Jam at Watkins Glen
More so than any other music since the blues, hip-hop is all about stories. And its stories are both criminal minded and grand, making them enthralling and unbelievable, but also making them only as interesting and convincing as the teller. That's why, despite being blackballed by the industry, without a major-label recording contract, heads still gravitated to Jamaica, Queens' realest son, 50 Cent, like the planets to the sun. 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson 26 years ago, is the real deal, the genuine article. He's a man of the streets, intimately familiar with its codes and its violence, but still, 50, an incredibly intelligent and deliberate man, holds himself with a regal air as if above the pettiness which surrounds him. Couple his true-life hardship with his knack for addictive, syrupy hooks, it's clear that 50 has exactly what it takes to ride down the road to riches and diamond rings. 50 is real, so he does real things.Born into a notorious Queens drug dynasty during the late '70s, 50 Cent lost those closest to him at an early age. Raised without a father, 50's mother, whose name carried weight in the street (hint, hint, dummies), was found dead under mysterious circumstances before he could hit his teens. The orphaned youth was taken in by his grandparents, who provided for 50. But his desire for things would drive him to the block. Which in his case was the infamous New York Avenue, now known as Guy R. Brewer Blvd. There, 50 stepped up to get his rep up, amassing a small fortune and a lengthy rap sheet. But the birth of his son put things in perspective for the post adolescent, and 50 began to pursue rap seriously. He signed with JMJ, the label of Run DMC DJ Jam Master Jay and began learning his trade. JMJ would teach the young buck to count bars and structure songs. Unfortunately, caught up in industry limbo, there wasn't much JMJ could do for 50.The platinum hitmakers Trackmasters took notice of 50 and signed him to Columbia Records in 1999. They shipped 50 to Upstate NY where they locked him up in the studio for 2 1/2 weeks. He turned out 36 songs in this short period, which resulted in "Power Of A Dollar," an unreleased masterpiece that Blaze Magazine judged a classic. 50's stick up kid anthem "How to Rob" blew through the roof and playfully painted him as a deliriously hungry up-and-comer daydreaming of robbing famous rappers. But 50 and the fans were the only ones laughing. Unable to take a joke, Jay-Z, Big Pun, Sticky Fingaz, and Ghostface Killah all replied to the song. "It wasn't personal. It was comedy based on truth, which made it so funny," says 50 Cent.In April of '00, 50 was shot 9 times, including a .9mm bullet to the face, in front of his grandmothers house in Queens. He spent the next few months in recovery while Columbia Records dropped him from the label. 50 didn't fold, he flew. Right into the zone. He banged out track after track, despite no income or backing, with his new business partner and friend Sha Money XL. The two recorded over 30 songs, strictly for mix-tapes, with the soul purpose of building a buzz. 50's street value rose and by the end of the spring of '01 he'd released the new material independently on the makeshift LP, "Guess Who's Back?". Beginning to attract interest, and now backed by his crew, G-Unit, 50 stayed on his grind and made more songs. But it was different this time. Rather than create new songs as they had before, 50 decided to showcase his hit-making ability by retouching first-class beats which had already been used. They released the red, white and blue bootleg, "50 Cent Is the Future," revisiting material by Jay-Z and even Rapheal Saadiq.That's when the unbelievable happened, and hip-hop history was written. The energetic CD caught the ear of supa MC Eminem, and within a week Em was on the radio saying, '50 Cent is my favorite rapper right now.' Em looked to mentor Dr. Dre to confirm his belief in the young hitmaker, and the good doctor co-signed. Floored by the appreciation of the greats, 50 didn't hesitate in signing with the dream team. In the wake of his acquisition, 50 Cent has become the most sought after newcomer in almost a decade. Not since the summer of '94, when radio would play absolutely anything Notorious B.I.G. related, has hip-hop seen buzz like this.Ever the clever businessman, 50 didn't let the opportunity escape him and quickly released another bootleg of borrowed beats, "No Mercy, No Fear." The CD featured only one new track, "Wanksta," which was certainly not intended for radio, but the streets couldn't wait for the official single and within weeks "Wanksta" became New York's most requested record. Thankfully, the stellar cut has found a home on the multi-platinum soundtrack to Eminem's smash movie, "8 Mile." With several huge hits already under his belt, 50 Cent is poised to be the artist to beat next year. He's coming with over ten incredible tracks stashed from last spring and newly recorded winners courtesy of Eminem, who's really cut his production teeth of late, and hip-hop's greatest, highest-selling producer Dr. Dre. "Creatively, what more could I ask for?" he asks jokingly. "You know if me and Em is in the same room then it's gonna be a friendly competition, neither of us wanna let the other one down. And Dre??? C'mon." Promising an LP of the caliber of rap classics like "Illmatic," "Ready to Die," and "Reasonable Doubt," 50 Cent's debut promises to set the pace for hip-hop in coming years. The product of his unrelenting drive, talent and, frankly, his real-ness, 50's official first album promises to do for him just what it says. With his infectious flow and viciously funny I-don't-give-a-fuck personality, there is no doubt that 50 Cent will Get Rich or Die Trying.
Where are all the female MCs at? Until Nicki Minaj, they appeared to be a dying breed. Of late, Minaj has taken the hip-hop-pop world for her own, she has released several mixtapes, a full-length LP, and has been featured on dozens of top-ten tracks, all in the span of a few years. When she is not in the studio, she is on the road; Nicki Minaj tour dates are scheduled nationally with her Young Money co-stars.
Minaj is a native of Trinidad and Tobago but relocated to Jamaica, Queens which has historically been a breeding ground for rappers; other stars such as 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks also hail from the area. In Queens, she honed her vocal, dramatic, and rhyming abilities at a performing arts high school. After graduation, Nicki began working on getting her career off and she released her first mixtape "Playtime Is Over" in 2007, and followed that up with her second "Sucka Free" in 2008. The underground EP's were not commercially successful, but Minaj was being heard by those who could make things happen. By the time of her third mixtape "Beam Me Up Scotty", she had garnered the attention of major players such as Lil Wayne and a major label bidding war ensued. Ultimately, Lil Wayne and Young Money Entertainment won out and she was invited to join the Young Money crew for guidance, support, and to cut an album.
It was with the Young Money crew and their collabo album "We Are Young Money", that Minaj gained mainstream attention. Their single, "Bedrock", not only featured an up-and-coming rapper named Drake, but also featured Nicki as a sexed-out rapping phenom who quickly stole the show from the boys. The single was a hit and it generated huge industry buzz for Nicki to step-out as a solo-star. She released the album "Pink Friday", in August, 2010 which featured hit singles and broke records. The album debuted at #2 in its maiden week, and eventually peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200. Minaj sold 375,000 copies the first week, and Pink Friday became the biggest debut Hip-Hop album since Lauryn Hill's "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998. The album also featured the #1 Rap single "Your Love" which became the first rap track by a female artist to hit #1 since "Work It" by Missy Elliot in 2003.
With her debut album, Minaj proved that she had the adroitness to craft a critically and commercially successful album in a genre dominated by men. Minaj's "Pink Friday" isn't throwaway hip-hop fodder; It will prove itself to be a hip-hop classic and serves as inspiration to all female MCs who follow. In addition to appearing on SNL and other TV guest spots, Nicki Minaj tour dates have been booked throughout the year. Minaj will open for the Femme Fatale herself, Britney Spears, on her worldwide tour this 2011. In addition, individual Nicki Minaj concert dates are booked periodically at certain US venues. Minaj has emerged as a sex symbol, female hip-hop pioneer, and the most exciting act in entertainment. Don't miss out while she is on the road in support of "Pink Friday". Use Eventful as your source for Nicki Minaj tour dates and concert schedule information.
Nas changed the rap game when he released his debut album, Illmatic, in 1994. The prodigal rapper offered his take on society, African culture, and life on the streets, proving that rap was more than hot beats. The oft-politically charged rapper has managed to produce socially relevant and conscious material for nearly two decades and continues to produce some of the most inspiring and cognizant lyrics in Hip-Hop today. Nas tour dates have been scheduled nationally and the Brooklyn MC will be bringing his message and his rhymes to a venue near you. Don't miss a date on the Nas concert schedule 2011; Use Eventful as your source for Nas tour dates and venue information.
The Brooklyn native was born to jazz musician, Olu Dara, and began writing raps at age nine. Hip-Hop and Rap were exploding on the Brooklyn scene in the '80s and had a heavy influence on the budding MC. By 1992, Nas had secured a recording deal with Columbia Records who released his debut album in 1994. The album is one of a handful to receive all "Five Mics" from The Source magazine and is considered a Hip-Hop classic. It was a throwback to the socially conscious rhymes of rap music a decade earlier and solidified Nas as not only a rap star but a lyricist-poet. He followed up with It Was Written in 1996 and he recorded an album with the rap supergroup - The Firm; both of which have been certified Platinum. Nas tour dates and concerts were scheduled periodically throughout the nation during his rise to fame.
Nas closed out the '90s with two critically panned albums, I Am and Nastradamus, before returning to the graces of the critics and the public alike. Stillmatic was released in 2002, signaling Nas' return to the clever lyrics that made him famous. The album featured the Grammy nominated single, "One Mic". He continued the trend with God's Son in 2002, which was hailed by Time magazine as the best hip-hop album of the year. Nas followed up with the praiseworthy double-album, Street Disciple, and reconciled with former rival, Jay-Z. Nas then signed to Def Jam and released Hip Hop Is Dead in 2006, which gave the rapper his largest first sales-week ever. The album debuted at #1 selling 355,000 copies in its maiden week. A Nas concert benefitting the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting was scheduled in 2007 and Nas also contributed a track to the Academy Award winning film, Blood Diamond.
Nas released his most recent untitled album in 2008, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2009. At the ceremonies, Nas confirmed that he will be working on a collabo album with Reggae star Damien Marley. Since releasing his last album in 2008, Nas toured Europe and North America while writing rhymes for his latest album, Life Is Good, which is due out later this year. In the meantime, the critically acclaimed artist still manages to find time to perform throughout the year. Currently, Nas tour dates and concert performances are scheduled periodically throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Nas concert schedule 2011. Check Eventful for the latest updates on Nas tour dates and performances as they are updated regularly.
He’s a four-time Grammy winner, with sales of over ten million to his name – a name which, in the past, has been tied to more than its fair share of controversy. However, what cannot be contested is the sheer musical genius of this rap superstar. Eventful is where you'll find all the latest on Lil Wayne tour dates and concerts 2011.
Michael Dewayne Carter, Jr. aka Lil Wayne, came from humble beginnings - born and raised in the infamous Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans. He began his career at the tender age of 12, when his indisputable talent was spotted by Cash Money Co-CEO, Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams. With a sneaky suspicion that one day Lil Wayne tour dates might become a major hot ticket item, Williams took charge of the young rapper, guiding him as he embarked on the road to stardom.
Lil Wayne made his first real foray into the game in 1993, as part of a duo which later in 1997 became a four-piece. As the ‘Hot Boys’, the group sold over half a million records. With a solid base understanding of the workings of the industry, Lil Wayne released his debut album as a solo artist in 1999. It went on to sell over two million copies, the huge demand for Lil Wayne tour dates right across the county equally reflective of the artist’s mass appeal.
While his star had been on the rise for some years prior to 2008, this was when Lil Wayne secured his spot amongst the music elite with the release of his album, Tha Carter III. The record sold one million copies in its first week alone, and earned Lil Wayne eight Grammy nominations, four of which he won. His signature imagery, wit and rhyming patterns have resulted in Lil Wayne tour dates becoming some of the most anticipated events on the rap music calendar.
As buzz about the rapper continues to grow, each new Lil Wayne concert schedule brings with it more tour dates and bigger venues, taking the rapper from coast to coast, north to south and right across the globe. Indeed, it seems fitting that the Lil Wayne concert schedule is as busy as his music is diverse; over the years, he has collaborated and performed with the likes of Usher, Akon, Destiny’s Child, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Eminem.
With the most recent Lil Wayne concert schedule currently rolling out, fans of the rapper will want to stay informed on if and when he’s coming to a venue near you. Don’t miss out– make Eventful YOUR source for all the latest news and up-to-date information on Lil Wayne tour dates 2011 and beyond.
If Childish Gambino sounds like two random names smashed together by a nickname generator…well it is. It’s also the stage name of actor/comedian/writer/DJ/rapper/awesome guy Donald Glover. You might know him better as Troy from the NBC comedy Community, but he’s also been tearing up tour dates all over the US this past year with his unique, slightly nerdy brand of hip hop. While you might think of Childish Gambino as another actor with an ego, thinking he can do it all, you’re dead wrong.
In fact, much of Glover’s life and career might surprise a lot of people. And no, he’s not related to Danny Glover. He was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, alongside two paternal siblings and many foster children taken in by his parents. He got a degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU, which helped him in his comedy career, but also found himself drawn to music. His rap career started off as another joke, with songs bordering parodies and on-stage gimmicks on concert dates that were meant to entertain more than impress. Even his stage name was randomly spit out of a Wu-Tang Clan name generator. But as Childish Gambino began releasing mixtapes like I Am Just A Rapper and independent albums like Culdesac a poignant and clever voice began to emerge that Glover slowly embraced. His first studio album, Camp, roared onto the hip-hop scene in 2011, and both fans and critics who had dismissed him as a rapping comedian took notice.
As fans eagerly anticipate new mixtapes, albums, and movies from this talented artist, many are flocking to Childish Gambino’s tour dates all over the country. To try and see for yourself whether Danny Glover is a more talented comedian or rapper, check out his schedule and prepare to be baffled.
For a man that grew up as a shy child that refused to sing, Trey Songz has been surprisingly in the forefront of the mainstream hip-hop scene with hugely popular tours. His latest album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, has become a huge hit with fans, and the single "Bottoms Up" featuring Nicki Minaj has become a club staple since its release. After being on the music scene for a brief time, Trey is hitting his mainstream stride with memorable lyrics and elaborate tours. His new level of fame has launched Trey Songz from supporting artist to headliner; after finishing tours of Australia and the UK, Trey is headed back across the Atlantic to tour by popular demand before heading back for more US concert dates in 2011.
Trey Songz received his big break at the age of sixteen when his future producer and mentor Troy Taylor discovered him at a talent show. Two years later, Trey had a record deal with Atlantic Records, and moved to New Jersey shortly after graduating high school to begin recording. Trey Songz' debut album, I Gotta Make It, sold 40,000 copies in the first week and featured the title-track single featuring Twista. Trey's follow-up album, Trey Day, was released in 2007 and sold nearly twice as many copies in its first week than his previous album. The album contained the singles "Can't Help but Wait" and "Last Time", which became hugely popular on the following tour.
Songz finally broke into the big time in 2009 with the release of his third album, Ready. It sold 131,000 copies in its first week and was Trey Songz's first album to go gold, prompting one of his biggest tours yet. The album produced five singles including "I Need a Girl," "LOL Smiley Face," and "I Invented Sex." While it wasn't a headlining gig, Songz opened for Jay-Z on tour in 2009, further cementing his newfound stardom. Just a year later, Trey had another hit album on his hands with the release of Passion, Pain & Pleasure, which afforded Trey one of his first headlining tours.
The album features the smash single "Bottoms Up" which has been played in heavy rotation on the radio, in clubs, and on tour since its release. Whether or not the album goes platinum is yet to be seen, but the record had the highest selling first week of any of his albums, selling 240,000 copies. Since the its release, Trey Songz has been working hard on tour, recently finishing concert dates in Europe, Australia, and the US. With such a busy tour schedule, Trey Songz has only one scheduled 2011 concert date left, at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on July 3. With Trey Songz's extensive 2011 concert schedule and no other tours in the near future, fans near Louisiana can't afford to miss this opportunity to see this rising star on his current summer tour.
Kid Ink is an American recording artist, producer, and songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Kid Ink has acquired a unique sense to music with both parents being raised on the East Coast. Emerging on the music scene in June 2010 he has created a brand new sound previously unfamiliar in Los Angeles area.
His debut mixtape "Crash Landing" hosted by DJ Ill Will & DJ Rockstar was an underground sensation which amassed well over 50k+ downloads in its first week of release. In addition, videos for songs "Blowing Swishers," "Keep It Rollin," "La La La" & "Run This" have all individually passed the 1 Million views milestone on Youtube. His 12 official videos combined have drawn in over 10 million + Youtube views in less than 10 months respectively. Kid Ink has been racking up a huge underground cult following independently over the last year including over 90k Facebook fans and 55k+ Twitter followers to date.
Kid Ink is the franchise player for Tha Alumni Music Group alongside DJ ill Will & DJ Rockstar. Ink has recorded songs with some of the music industries biggest names including Chris Brown, Sean Kingston, Soulja Boy, Cory Gunz, Ray J, Red Cafe, Meek Mill, Machine Gun Kelly and many more. Outside of recording Kid Ink is also known for producing records and writing songs for other major artists.
Kid Ink just released his highly anticipated official video for "Lowkey Poppin" which is the Street Single off his forthcoming "Daydreamer" album. "Daydreamer" will be available for Free Download online everywhere on June 21st and includes production from The Runners, Drumma Boy, Lex Luger, Tha Bizness, Jahlil Beats, Cardiak as well as features from Cory Gunz, Ray J, Gudda Gudda, Meek Mill, Bei Maejor, Dorrough, YG, Sean Kingston and more.