A superstar gets A-List support, an emerging duo takes it to the house and a quirky trio showcases its twisted sense of humor -- read on for the weekly Rap-Up list.
Lil Wayne’s Tour Movement Includes The Far East
Fresh out of lockdown, Lil Wayne will be back in front of tens of thousands of fans this summer as the headliner of his “I Am Music” tour. The tour’s second leg will feature multi-platinum rap group The Far East Movement.
Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif and DJ Virman join the tour July 13 at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Their final stop will be September 11 at the Woodlands Amphitheater in Woodlands, Texas. Other performers on the tour include Rick Ross, Keri Hilson and Lloyd.
Far East Movement will join Wayne’s tour at the conclusion of its own “Free Wired World Tour,” which is currently hitting colleges. While the quartet has college campuses on its itinerary, it is holding a contest where college students upload a video inspired by “If I Was You (OMG)” to FarEastMovement.com for a chance to win a performance in their dorm room with 10 of their friends.
The Knux Make House Calls
The Knux are taking it to the house -- literally. The duo’s “Kick N The Door House Party Tour” will be hitting the Western third of the United States throughout the rest of May and actually featured stops at real houses.
Next up is a May 12 gig at the University of Oregon. Al Millio and Krispy’s current single, “She’s So Up,” seems tailor made for the college scene, with its sing-a-long chorus and fluid guitar riffs. After its tour concludes May 22 at The Bow & Sparrow Loft in downtown Los Angeles, The Knux will be hitting the state at the Bonnaroo festival and prepping for the summer release of its second album, “Eraser.”
Hail Mary Mallon Catches The Fever
Fans of Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic have long said they’re sick rappers. Now with DJ Big Wiz, the threesome is taking their reputation to the next level. The trio’s new group, Hail Mary Mallon, got its name from Mary Mallon, the first person in the United States who was identified as a healthy carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever, a bacterial infection characterized by diarrhea and rash, among other things.
The scary thing is that Mallon was a cook. It’s that type of twisted thinking that led to the group’s album title, “Are You Gonna Eat That?,” which is slated for a June 7 release. Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic’s dense rhymes are on full display throughout the crew’s song “Garfield.” The video features militias, man-like beasts and an extended stay by a campfire. It’s creepy, on a few levels.
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