Run-DMC, Tone Loc, Other Old-School Hip-Hoppers Hitting Road

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, Sir Mix-A-Lot, 2 Live Crew also among early rappers rhyming still.

Nostalgia tours don’t always have to feature Ringo Starr or hair bands.

More than 20 years after “Rapper’s Delight” broke through to radio, hip-hop has its own legends — and nothing befits a legend more than a comeback trek.

A healthy number of the rappers who first brought the genre to radio and video are still touring the country and releasing new music. Here’s a rundown of who’s doing what and why you should know.

(Tour dates are according to various booking agencies, artists’ management and venues.)

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
Breakthrough single: “It Takes Two” (1988)
Catchphrase: “Don’t cheer me, just hear me out, ’cause I got the clout — shout!”
Famous fashion accessory: Big gold chains, lots of ‘em.
Forgettable moment: Cover of Edwin Starr’s “War.”
Most recent record: Break of Dawn (1994)
Current projects: Unknown.
Tour dates:

  • 10/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Center Stage

    Run-DMC
    Breakthrough single: “Walk This Way” (1986)
    Catchphrase: “You be illin’.”
    Famous fashion accessory: Unlaced Adidas.
    Forgettable moment: “Ghostbusters” from the “Ghostbusters 2″ soundtrack album.
    Most recent record: Crown Royal (2001)
    Current projects: Promoting new album with worldwide tour; Daryl McDaniels (DMC) will release his solo album in the fall.
    Tour dates:

  • 8/1 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom (MTV’s 20th anniversary)
  • 8/2 – Budapest, Hungary
  • 8/3 – Budapest, Hungary
  • 8/9 – Boston, MA
  • 8/15 – Cleveland, OH
  • 8/18 – Philadelphia, PA
  • 8/19 – Omaha, NE
  • 8/22 – Columbia, SC
  • 8/24 – Reading, England @ Reading Festival
  • 8/25 – Leeds, England @ Leeds Festival
  • 9/15 – Denver, CO
  • 10/13 – Louisville, KY
  • 10/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre (breast cancer benefit)
  • 11/1 – Las Vegas, NV
  • 11/17 – Atlanta, GA

    Sir Mix-A-Lot
    Breakthrough single: “Baby Got Back” (1992)
    Catchphrase: “Look at that butt. It is sooo big.”
    Famous fashion accessory: Long fur coats.
    Forgettable moment: Producing Rebecca from “The Real World — Seattle.”
    Most recent records: Beepers, Benzos and Booty: The Best of Sir Mix-A-Lot (2000) and Return of the Bumpasaurus (1998)
    Current projects: Playing occasional shows with members of the Presidents (formerly the Presidents of the United States of America) under the name “Subset”; recording a new album.
    Tour dates:

  • 8/18 – Crow Agency, MT @ Crow Indian Reservation
  • 9/1 – Seattle, WA @ Naft Studios
  • 9/2 – Portland, OR @ Waterfront Park (KKRZ radio festival)
  • 9/3 – Springfield, OR @ Island Park
  • 9/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Center Stage
  • 9/15 – Compton, CA @ Crystal Casino
  • 9/20- Stillwater, OK @ Tumbleweeds
  • 9/22 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
  • 9/26 – Fort Walton Beach, FL @ The Swamp
  • 9/27 – Pensacola, FL @ Big Daddy’s
  • 9/28 – Tampa, FL @ Empire
  • 9/29 – Tallahassee, FL @ Cow Haus
  • 10/3 – Cincinnati, OH @ Elektra
  • 10/4 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Banana Joe’s
  • 10/6 – Youngstown, OH @ Varsity Club
  • 10/9 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Grotto
  • 10/10 – Davenport, IA @ Stars & Stripes
  • 10/11 – St. Louis, MO @ In Cahoots
  • 10/12 – Columbia, MO @ Jesse Auditorium
  • 10/13 – Omaha, NE @ Music Box
  • 10/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest

    Sugar Hill Gang
    Breakthrough single: “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
    Catchphrase: “A hip-hop, the hi-be, to the hi-be, the hip-hip-hop, you don’t stop rockin’.”
    Famous fashion accessory: Shiny jump suits.
    Forgettable moment: “Kids’ Rapper’s Delight,” a sing-along version of their hit, and just about everything else on their kids album (see below).
    Most recent record: Jump On It! (1999)
    Current projects: Unknown.
    Tour dates:

  • 8/11 – Fresno, CA @ Big Fresno Fairgrounds

    2 Live Crew
    Breakthrough single: “Me So Horny” (1989)
    Catchphrase: “Banned in the U.S.A.”
    Famous fashion accessory: Thongs (see cover of As Nasty as They Wanna Be)
    Forgettable moment: “Bill So Horny,” a topical remake with new lyrics about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
    Most recent record: Private Personal Parts (2000)
    Current projects: Raising hell in a town near you.
    Tour dates:

  • 8/4 – Omaha, NE @ Music Box
  • 8/6 – Vail, CO @ 8150 Club
  • 8/7 – Breckenridge, CO @ Sherpa & Yeti’s
  • 8/9 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Arena
  • 8/10 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
  • 8/16 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
  • 8/17 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
  • 8/24 – Bend, OR @ Club 97
  • 8/28 – Spokane, WA @ Double Dribble
  • 9/7 – Starkville, MS @ Remington’s Hunt Club
  • 9/8 – Pensacola, FL @ Big Daddy’s
  • 9/14 – Athens, GA @ Athens Music Factory

    Tone Loc
    Breakthrough single: “Wild Thing” (1988)
    Catchphrase: “I need $50 to make you holler.”
    Famous fashion accessory: None.
    Forgettable moment: “Hit the Coast” from the “Surf Ninjas” soundtrack album.
    Most recent record: Cool Hand Loc (1991)
    Current projects: Recording first album in a decade, new single set for fall release; starring in new John Stamos TV show, “Thieves”; and developing the animated TV show “Dog Years.”
    Tour dates:

  • 9/1 – Everett, WA @ Jimmy-Z
  • 9/2 – Portland, OR @ Waterfront Park
  • 9/3 – Springfield, OR @ Island Park
  • 9/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ University of Nevada
  • 9/21 – Pensacola, FL @ Big Daddy’s
  • 9/22 – Tallahassee, FL @ Cow Haus
  • 9/27 – Statesboro, GA @ Legends
  • 9/28 – Starkville, MS @ Remington’s Hunt Club
  • 9/29 – Nashville, TN @ Bar Nashville
  • 10/31 – Columbia, MO @ Jesse Auditorium
  • 11/1 – Stillwater, OK@ Tumbleweeds

    Vanilla Ice
    Breakthrough single: “Ice Ice Baby” (1990)
    Catchphrase: “Drop that zero and get with the hero.”
    Famous fashion accessory: Spray-painted jeans, neatly elevated bangs, shaved line in eyebrow.
    Forgettable moment: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze.”
    Most recent record: Hard to Swallow (1998)
    Current projects: Recording new album; raps about his manliness on Betty Blowtorch’s “Size Queen.”
    Tour dates:

  • 8/10 – Essington, PA @ The Lagoon
  • 8/11 – Joliet, IL @ Tuck Away Tavern
  • 8/17 – Greensburg, PA @ Bobby Dale’s
  • 8/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rock Jungle
  • 8/19 – Austintown, OH @ The Mill
  • 8/23 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Caesars Tahoe
  • 9/7 – Odessa, TX @ Daddy’s Place

    Young M.C.
    Breakthrough single: “Bust a Move” (1989)
    Catchphrase: “Standing on the wall like you was Poindexter.”
    Famous fashion accessory: None.
    Forgettable moment: Return of the 1 Hit Wonder
    Most recent record: Ain’t Going Out Like That (2000)
    Current projects: Raps on “Cadillac,” the first single from Mest’s August 14 album, Destination Unknown.
    Tour dates:

  • 8/25 – Springfield, MO @ University of Missouri
  • 9/2 – Portland, OR @ Waterfront Park
  • 9/3 – Springfield, OR @ Island Park
  • 9/7 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Street Scene
  • 9/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Center Stage
  • 10/17 – Harrison, AR @ University of Arkansas