The blockbuster R&B/rap tour featuring R. Kelly, Foxy Brown, Busta Rhymes
and Nas will hit 30 cities in May and June, according to a tour itinerary
released Tuesday (March 23) by Kelly's label, Jive Records.
Besides R&B star Kelly and the three platinum rappers, the tour will
feature R&B singers Deborah Cox and Kelly Price, as well as a Kelly
protégé, pop/R&B singer Sparkle.
It's scheduled to start May 5 in Richmond, Va., and continue for the
rest of the month along the East Coast, into the Midwest and throughout
the South. In June the tour will hit Texas, California, Nevada and Idaho.
Tickets for the first few dates went on sale Saturday. A show scheduled
for May 8 in Uniondale, N.Y., is nearly sold out, said tour executive
producer Lew Rose.
"We were getting calls like crazy" about the show, although tickets still
remain, said Becky Regrut, marketing manager for the Richmond (Va.)
Rose said the time is right for hip-hop and R&B arena shows. "If that's
what the kids are listening to, that's what we should give 'em," he said,
citing the popularity of such hip-hop and R&B radio stations as New York's
The tour is intended to promote Kelly's latest album, R, on which
both Nas and Foxy Brown appear. Nas raps on the song "Money Makes the
World Go Round" and Brown appears on a similarly themed track, "Dollar
Bill." The two-CD set also includes "I'm Your Angel," a duet with diva
Kelly's biggest hits have been "Bump N' Grind," from the album 12
Play (1993), and "I Believe I Can Fly"
(RealAudio excerpt) which appeared on the Space Jam soundtrack (1996).
Nas is known for weaving complex lyrical dramas from the experiences he had growing up in New York's rough Queensbridge projects. His third album, I Am ..., is due April 6. His previous albums, Illmatic (1994) and It Was Written (1996), were hits with hard-core rap fans and mainstream critics alike.
Foxy Brown has won notoriety for her sexually provocative persona and titillating lyrics. Her second album, Chyna Doll (1999), features "Hot Spot"
(RealAudio excerpt) and boasts guest appearances by hip-hop luminaries
DMX and Jay-Z.
Along with rappers AZ and Dr. Dre, Brown and Nas are members of the
Firm, who released their self-titled album in 1997.
Busta Rhymes' recent work has mixed quirky rhymes and innovative
production with warnings of a coming apocalypse. His third album,
Extinction Level Event (1998), includes "This Means War!!"
(RealAudio excerpt), which features heavy-metal legend Ozzy Osbourne and
has won airtime for the rapper on modern-rock radio stations.
Tour Dates for R. Kelly, Foxy Brown, Busta Rhymes and Nas:
May 5; Richmond, Va., Richmond Coliseum
May 6; Philadelphia, Pa., First Union Center
May 7; Boston, Mass., Fleet Center
May 8; Uniondale, N.Y., Nassau Coliseum
May 9; Washington D.C., MCI Center
May 12; Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Center
May 13; Cleveland, Ohio, CSU Convocation Center
May 14; Indianapolis, Ind., Market Square Arena
May 15; Chicago, Ill., United Center
May 16; Detroit, Mich., Joe Louis Arena
May 18; Kansas City, Mo., Kemper Arena
May 20; Memphis, Tenn., Pyramid
May 21; Nashville, Tenn., Davidson County Nashville Arena
May 22; Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
May 23; Buffalo, N.Y., Marine Midland Arena
May 24; Albany, N.Y., Pepsi Arena
May 26; St. Louis, Mo., Kiel Center
May 28; Greensboro, N.C. Greensboro Coliseum
May 29; Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte Coliseum
May 30; Atlanta, Ga., Lakewood Amphitheatre
June 1; Houston, Texas, Compaq Center
June 3; Phoenix, Ariz., America West
June 4; San Diego, Calif., Sports Arena
June 5; Las Vegas, Nev., Grand Garden Arena
June 6; Irvine, Calif., Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
June 7; San Jose, Calif., San Jose Arena
June 9; Boise, Idaho, BSU Pavillion
June 10; Portland, Ore., Rose Garden Arena
June 11; George, Wash., The Gorge
June 13; Vancouver, British Columbia, G.M. Place