De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Common To Join Mekka Tour

De La Soul's Spitkicker roster of socially conscious rappers to perform on a hip-hop stage at electronic fest.

The Mekka electronic music tour has enlisted De La Soul and their Spitkickerroster to round out the hip-hop portion of the inaugural late summer blast, organizers announced Monday.

Common, Biz Markie, Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch, alumni of last year's Spitkicker Tour, will be performing on a hip-hop stage on Mekka that will also feature previously announced DJs including Mix Master Mike and DJ Craze.

In addition, the Roots' Black Thought and DJ Jazzy Jeff will be hitting select dates.

Mekka, which will also feature the Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, Danny Tenaglia, Armand Van Helden, BT and Roni Size, among others, kicks off August 4 in Detroit.

De La Soul launched the Spitkicker Tour last year to showcase their

community of socially conscious hip-hoppers. All of the groups have

collaborated on album and onstage.

Performances expected this year include De La Soul and Common's "The

Bizness," Talib Kweli and Common's "Respiration," Pharoahe Monch, Common and Talib Kweli's "The Truth" and Talib Kweli's new single with De La Soul, "Soul Rebels," according to the tour's publicist.

All of the Spitkicker alumni now on the Mekka bill will also perform

together on an as-yet-untitled Spitkicker single. Biz Markie will contribute his turntable skills.

An exact lineup detailing which artists will be performing on which dates is available at www.mekkatour.com.

The tour celebrates the official launch of Mekka, a global entertainment company focused on the promotion and development of electronic music culture, and will also include Deep Dish, LTJ Bukem, DJ Rap, Sandra Collins and Junior Sanchez (see "Crystal Method, Roni Size, BT Heading To Mekka").

Mekka will be held in outdoor venues, such as large fields and fairgrounds. Specific venues will be announced at a later date.

Updated Mekka Tour dates, according to the tour's publicist:

  • 8/4 - Detroit, MI

  • 8/5 - Toronto, ON

  • 8/10 - Tampa, FL

  • 8/11 - Miami, FL

  • 8/15 - Dallas, TX

  • 8/18 - New York, NY

  • 8/24 - St. Louis, MO

  • 8/25 - Chicago, IL

  • 9/1 - San Francisco, CA

  • 9/2 - Los Angeles, CA