Next week begins the start of the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Australian tour, with an all-star cast of acts including Mobb Deep, Tha Dogg pound, DJ Quik and The Lady of Rage. The four-city tour (and Adelaide sideshow) starts on May 21st off the back of their New Zealand festival performance with Twista in Auckland the day before.
Starting out at Melbourne’s Festival Hall with an all-ages licensed performance on Saturday 21 May, the tour then heads across to Perth on Sunday 22 May to take on Metro City Car Park. Tha Dogg Pound, Mobb Deep and The Lady of Rage make a stop over in Adelaide for a side show before it’s back east to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion for another licensed all-ages show on Friday 27 May, finishing off with a final performance at Brisbane’s Eaton’s Hill Hotel on Saturday 28 May.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony have proved themselves to be a crowd favorite in Australia, and this time it promises to be their biggest tour yet here in Aus. This tour celebrates the 21st anniversary of their classic album E. 1999 Eternal, and they will be performing it in its entirety for the very first time in Australia. They are also in the process of releasing their highly anticipated album ‘E. 1999 Legends’, currently scheduled for release later in 2016.
Infamous Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep were last in Australia in 2015 for the 20th anniversary of their classic LP The Infamous. Prodigy has recently teamed up with BitTorrent to release a new series called R.I.P., a collection of 45 collaboration tracks which features hip-hop acts including DJ Premier, Action Bronson, Bun B, Childish Gambino, DJ Premier and Killer Mike. Havoc has also recently released the collaboration album with The Alchemist ‘The Silent Partner’.
DJ Quik returns to Australia for the first time since 2013. Having recently released the EP ‘Rosecrans’ with fellow Compton artist Problem. He is a favourite amongst the underground Hip Hop community here in Australia.
Tha Dogg Pound were last scheduled to come to Australia back in 2011, however due to unfortunate circumstances the tour never eventuated. Kurupt was last in Australia with DJ Quik, but is now also back with Daz to perform as Tha Dogg Pound. Due to their unfortunate cancellation 5 years ago, the anticipation to see DPG here is big.
This will be The Lady of Rage’s first time down under, and fans here are eager to here not only her classics from Death Row Records and beyond, but also her newer music such as the DJ Premier produced ‘Chemical Burns’.
An opportunity to see five Hip Hop acts of this calibre all perform on the same stage, isn’t something that happens very often in Australia, and the punters here are very happy to see an event like this taking place here.