Northern California independent rappers Blackalicious and Del the Funky Homosapien will begin an extensive North American tour together on May 9 in Lake Tahoe, Nev.
The tour is in support of their recent albums Blackalicious' Quannum release, Nia (Feb. 29), which includes "The Fabulous Ones" (RealAudio excerpt), and Del's Both Sides of the Brain (April 11), on Hieroglyphics. After blanketing small and large venues in California, the tour will head east across the U.S., and then make a brief visit to Canada.
Guest appearances are expected from Lateef the Truth Speaker, throughout California, and Jurassic 5's Cut Chemist, in Los Angeles.
Blackalicious members Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab epitomize the grassroots hip-hop movement in Northern California. Uniting in 1989, the duo started on the small independent label SoleSides and produced several recordings with fellow California underground artist DJ Shadow, including last year's Quannum Projects (Quannum).
Del also has proclaimed his independence, being the most recognizable artist on the Hieroglyphics label. The Oakland label also has produced albums for Souls of Mischief and Casual.
Blackalicious/Del the Funky Homosapien tour dates:
May 9; Lake Tahoe, Nev.; Lilly's
May 10; Chico, Calif.; Brick Works
May 11; Eureka, Calif.; Club West
May 12; San Francisco, Calif.; Maritime Hall
May 13; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Palookaville
May 14; Los Angeles, Calif.; House of Blues
May 15; Pomona, Calif.; Glass House
May 16; Solano Beach, Calif.; Belly Up Tavern
May 17; Mesa, Ariz.; The Nile
May 18; Albuquerque, N.M.; Sunshine Theatre
May 19; Dallas, Texas; TBA
May 20; Austin, Texas; Mercury Lounge
May 21; Houston, Texas; Numbers
May 23; New Orleans, La.; House of Blues
May 24; Los Angeles, Calif.; Hollywood Athletic Club
May 31; Carrboro, N.C.; Cat's Cradle
June 1; Washington, D.C.; the Garage
June 2; Norfolk, Va.; Norva Theatre
June 3; Hartford, Conn.; Webster Theatre
June 4; New York, N.Y.; S.O.B's
June 5; Philadelphia, Penn.; TLA
June 6; Boston, Mass.; Middle East
June 7; Burlington, Vt.; Higher Ground
June 9; Ottawa, Ontario; Spirit
June 10; London, Ontario; Call The Office
June 11; Toronto, Ontario; Orera House
June 13; Cleveland, Ohio; Agora Ballroom
June 14; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andrews Hall
June 15; Cincinnati, Ohio; Top Cats
June 16; Chicago, Ill.; Metro
June 17; Milwaukee, Wis.; Rave