Colorado fall hip-hop preview: Wiz Khalifa, Ghostface Killah, Odd Future, A$AP Rocky, moreBy Ru Johnson | August 23rd, 2012 | 2 comments
Even though fresh T-shirts and shorts will soon give way to sleeves and hoodies as summer begins its descent, the array of hip-hop artists slated to blow through the Front Range this fall is hotter than the July sun.
Here’s a preview of upcoming hip-hop shows you’ll want to know about:
Wiz Khalifa is on tour promoting his latest album “O.N.I.F.C” (Only N*gga In First Class) with fellow Pittsburgh MC Mac Miller. The two will take the stage at Red Rocks on Sept. 1 along with supporting artist Chevy Woods. ($42.50, Ticketmaster)
Ghostface Killah will take over City Hall Amphitheatre on Sept. 3 for The Wu-Block Tour, the collaboration between the D-Block crew and members of the Wu-tang Clan. The “Wu-Block” album hits stores on Oct. 9. Ghostface will be joined by Sheek Louch, Saigon, BLK HRTS, and Spoke in Wordz. ($20-$30, coclubs.com)
3 Melancholy Gypsys (3MG), the trio of Eligh, Scarub and Murs will touch down at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on Sept. 8 ($18-22, Ticketfly).
2Chainz will make his third appearance in Denver on Sept. 17 at he Bluebird Theater, this time as a headlining act. His latest album “Based on a “T.R.U. Story” features tracks like the Drake assisted “No Lie,” and is out now. ($26.75-$30, axs.com)
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA), the rowdy consortium of rap youngsters from California will rock two performances in Boulder on Sept. 21 and 22 at the Fox Theatre. Prepare yourself. ($35, foxtheatre.com)
DJ Premier and Pete Rock will converge in a clash of two titans at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on Sept. 22. Both are widely accepted as two icons of hip-hop production. ($25-$30, Ticketfly)
Killer Mike, best known for his militant and political rhymes will play Summit Music Hall on Sept. 22. Mike will be opening for the Wu-tang Clan’s GZA, the headliner. ($23, Ticketweb)
Hoodie Allen, the young rapper from Brooklyn will make his own second appearance in Denver, this time at Summit Music Hall on Sept. 23. ($18, Ticketweb)
On the island tip, Stephen Marley will play Sept. 25 at the Ogden Theatre. ($15-$25, axs.com)
Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom will host Yasiin Bey, a.k.a. Mos Def with Binary Star on Oct. 5, on Bey’s first headlining tour with his new name and what may be new material. ($30-$40, Ticketfly)
Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock will are slated to get down at the Ogden Theatre on Oct. 8, with Lamar as headliner. The West Coast rap star has been making waves with collaborations featuring Lady Gaga and his newest single, “Swimming Pools.” ($29.50-30, axs.com)
Maybach Music Group latest signee Rockie Fresh will be in Denver to promote his new sound and new connections to one of hip-hop’s hottest crews when he takes the stage at the Marquis Theater on Oct. 9. ($10, Ticketweb)
Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom will welcome Hopsin, SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, and Jarren Benton on Oct. 18 for The Funk Volume Tour. ($15-$35, Ticketfly)
Brother Ali will perform two shows for his stop through Colorado, one at the Bluebird Theater on Oct. 12 and ending at the Fox Theatre on Oct. 13. ($20, axs.com, Bluebird and $15, foxtheatre.com)
A$AP Rocky will make his Mile High City debut with a performance at the Ogden Theatre on Oct. 15. The Harlem superstar will be on tour with Schoolboy Q and Detroit’s Danny Brown. ($25, axs.com)
Yelawolf has not slowed down touring U.S. cities with his southern charm and swag. The Alabama MC will get down at the Bluebird Theater on Oct. 16. ($22.50-$25, axs.com)
Flying Lotus has been making waves with his latest project, “Until the Quiet Comes,” and will bring his unique beat tricks and production style to the Ogden Theatre on Oct. 18 for a headlining show. ($22.50-$28, axs.com)
Waka Flocka Flame is no stranger to the Denver crowd and will make his way through the Ogden Theatre on October 25 with his dread-lock shaking stage show. ($26.50-$30, axs.com)
Ru Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and a new contributor to Reverb.