Kanye West's album Yeezus has been named the album of the summer by some outlets, and now that album will be promoted with a North American tour. Kanye West announced that he will have a 23 stop North American tour with none other than Kendrick Lamar. Lamar, who has already received attention for his mixtapes, has been thrust into the spotlight over the last year.
Not unlike Kanye West's bravado, Kendrick Lamar has recently captivated the rap world with a single with Big Sean called "Control (HOF)". The song went on to lambaste every big name in the rap game including Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Drake, A$AP Rocky, and even Big Sean himself. While coming up in the rap game, Lamar has received comparisons to West as well. Perhaps this move is Lamar being moved directly to West's throne?
West's North American tour will be Kanye's first solo tour in five years. His last tour was with his buddy and collaborator Jay-Z for their Watch The Throne album. The tour kicks off on October 19 at Seattle's KeyArena and goes through to December 7 at Houston's Toyota Center. Tickets for the tour are said to go on sale on Friday, September 13, and even more details about the tour will be released on Kanye's official website.
It's believed that in addition to West and Kendrick, that another unannounced special guest will take the stage during select dates.
Since West didn't tour to support My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010, we're thinking he may perform some songs from that album, as well as Yeezus. However, you never really know what a 'Ye show may bring. His recent surprise concerts have been met with auto-tuned rants, screams, and walk offs from West. Hopefully this will be different.
The dates for the Kanye West tour is as follows:
October 19 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena #October 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #October 22 - San Jose, CA @ SAP Center #October 23 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena #October 25 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena %October 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center #November 1 - Salt Lake City, UT @ EnergySolutions Arena #November 3 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center #November 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center #November 7 - Chicago, IL @ United Center #November 10 - Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills #November 12 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre #November 14 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre #November 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center %November 17 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden #November 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center %November 21 - Washington, D.C. @ Verizon Center #November 23 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden %November 29 - Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena #November 30 - Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum %December 1 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena #December 6 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center #December 7 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center #
# = with Kendrick Lamar% = with special guest to be announced