The Art of Rap Tour


Jul 22, 2017 – 8:00 PM

175 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601 Map

  • Raekwon
  • Rakim
  • EPMD
  • Ghostface Killah
  • Crucial Conflict
  • DMX

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$53.50 - $128.50
Raekwon: Along with the other rappers in the Wu-Tang collective, Raekwon has been able to craft a successful solo career in addition to the multi-Platinum plaques accumulated with his brothers. Since debuting his solo record in 1995, Raekwon has earned two Gold plaques and sold out numerous tour dates. He recently released his fifth studio album in March, 2011 and has been on tour to promote the critically acclaimed effort. Don't miss a date on the Raekwon concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Raekwon tour dates and venue information.

The New York native joined Wu-Tang as the ninth member in 1992. Their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, was a massive hit on hip-hop radio and highlighted the various talents of New York's reigning MCs. In 1994, Raekwon put out his solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, which was a critical success. Wu-Tang reemerged in 1997 with Wu-Tang Forever, which was certified four-times Platinum.

Raekwon's long delayed sophomore set, Immobilarity, debuted in the top ten of the Billboard 200 and earned him his second solo Gold plaque. Raekwon's fourth album, Only Built For Cuban Linx….Pt. II was hailed as Album of the Year by HipHopDx. In 2010, Raekwon joined Method Man and Ghostface Killah to release Meth, Ghost & Rae: Wu-Massacre, which reached #2 on the Billboard Rap charts. Since debuting with Wu-Tang in 1994, Raekwon has reigned on the charts and is a master lyricist. Don't miss a date on the Raekwon concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Raekwon tour dates and venue information.

EPMD: On the surface, the sample-reliant productions and monotone rapping styles of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith had little to recommend them, but the duo's recordings as EPMD were among the best in hip-hop's underground during the late '80s and early '90s. Over the course of four albums (from the 1988 classic Strictly Business to 1992's Business Never Personal), they rarely varied from two themes: dissing sucker MCs and recounting sexual exploits. But a closer look reveals that the duo's rhymes were nothing less than incredible, simply undervalued because of their lack of intonation during delivery. EPMD also had a feel for a good groove, and created numerous hip-hop classics, including "It's My Thing," "You Gots to Chill," "Get the Bozack," "Strictly Business," and "Rampage." Though EPMD's hardcore style influenced the urban-oriented gangsta '90s, Erick Sermon (aka E Double E; b. Nov. 25, 1968) and Parrish Smith (aka Pee MD; b. May 13, 1968) were both raised in the Long Island suburb of Brentwood. They moved into rap separately, with Smith DJing for Rock Squad on a single for Tommy Boy. After coming together in 1987 -- naming themselves EPMD, short for "Erick and Parrish Making Dollars" -- the duo recorded their debut "It's My Thing" in three hours. The single was later licensed to Chrysalis, and EPMD signed to Sleeping Bag/Fresh Records for debut album Strictly Business. Propelled by several strong singles ("You Gots to Chill," the title track), the album eventually went gold, as did 1989's follow-up, Unfinished Business. Signed to Def Jam by the beginning of the '90s, EPMD returned in 1990 with Business As Usual and Business Never Personal two years later. By 1992, they presided over an extended family dubbed the Hit Squad, including Redman, K-Solo, and Das EFX. The duo split later that year, however, prompting solo careers for each; Sermon debuted in 1993 with No Pressure, and Smith made his statement on 1994's Shade Business. The duo re-formed EPMD in 1997, recording a strong comeback LP, Back in Business. Out of Business followed in 1999

Ghostface Killah: Wu-Tang's Iron Man sums up his move to Def Jam succinctly: "Same music, different label." For Tony Starks's legions of fans, those four words should bring dope music to their ears-literally. Yep, Ghost is back with his fourth solo LP, The Pretty Toney Album, and ain't nothing changed but the imprint. Nearly three years have passed since 2001's Bulletproof Wallets, and Ghost is anxious to inject his lyrical wizardry back into the rap game. "When you get something real vintage and out of the ordinary, best believe that shit gonna stand out," says the Staten Island native. "That's how I try to keep my music."

A quick check of his resumé makes it clear that Ghostface's music always makes a splash. From his 1996 debut Ironman, to 2000's epic Supreme Clientele, to his last release Wallets, Ghost has more front-to-back classic albums than most rappers have singles. Add his appearances from the Wu-Tang galaxy of hits on songs like "Can It Be All So Simple," and "Ice Cream" and it's no idle boast when Ghost describes himself as "one of the most creative niggas in the game." What sets the Wally Champ apart from other MCs is his inimitable style. "I'll make a n'gga cry in a minute. I'll make you happy. I'll make a bitch wanna fuck you," says Ghost. "Those are my techniques. And that's the advantage I have over a lot of MCs, because a lot of them is stuck so much in one way, once they try to come out of that realm, people might not take them seriously. I'm a universal rapper."

On The Pretty Toney Album, Ghost's mastery of ceremony is on full display. For the RZA-produced scorcher "Run," featuring Jadakiss, Ghost concocts an incredibly vivid chase scene while finding inspiration from a fellow Clan member on the hook. "I always loved Cappadonna's 'Run.' When I heard the RZA beat and I wrote a few verses to it, it just seemed like I was running from the cops," he says. "Great minds think alike."

As in his past classics, Ghost digs deep in the crates for "a lot of old fly shit" by acts like The Moments and Sylvia Robinson on various Pretty Toney interludes. "Those are the records that turned me into the man I am today," says Ghost. "I wish the niggas that made those beats would make beats for me nowadays, because that's real soul."

Ghost gets his wish on the mixtape favorite "Holla," where he unveils a new style by rapping over the Delfonics' ballad "La La Means I Love You"-not a sample, but the entire song. "'That's another one of my babies," he says. "It goes beyond the words. I rhymed over them without being distracted."

On records like "Holla" and "Tony's Masquerade," where producer K-Def creatively flips the David Porter sample that Biggie made famous on "Who Shot Ya," Ghost drops the type of eccentric lyrical gems that have earned him status as a cult favorite. "When I paint the picture, you're seeing my mind right there. Muthafuckas might not understand what I say, but I rhyme for myself before I rhyme for the people," says Ghost. "'Cause yo, this is my art. I sat here and did this. All I need is the music. With the right music in my face, I can do anything."

And as 2000's club hit "Cherchez La Ghost" proved, Ghost can move more than just your mind. He wrote Pretty Toney's booming lead single, "Toosh," with a certain club diva in mind. "I heard the record and it sounded real big to me, so I damaged that shit and begged Missy to get on it," says Ghost. "She loved it the first time she heard it, and she just went in and did it."

Whether it's heard in the club or in your headphones, The Pretty Toney Album proves that Ghostface's run of instant classic is far from over. "I'm not going nowhere for a minute," says Ghost. "I see myself rhyming until I'm 70... not saying I'm gonna be putting out records and all that, but this is a gift from God." And like a star player traded to a new team, Ghost is ready to show and prove for Def Jam. "I ain't finish balling out yet," he says with a smile. "This is the beginning."

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DMX: DMX became rap's Ruffest Ryder in the late '90s and early '00s with a slew of #1 albums and club banging singles. After being out of the hip hop world for a hot minute; DMX is back with some raw and gritty tour dates.

The Yonkers, New York native first received attention in 1991 from The Source, which did a spot on him in the "Unsigned Hype" column. He made noise in 1997 as a guest on LL Cool J's single "4, 3, 2, 1," and on the Lox's "Money, Power & Respect". He released his major label debut, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, which landed at #1 in 1998. His sophomore album, Flesh of My Flesh, also hit #1 in 1998 making DMX only the second rapper to have two #1 albums in the same year.

DMX continued the flurry of #1 albums, releasing And Then There Was X (1999), The Great Depression (2001), and Grand Champ (2003). His most recent album, Year of the Dog…Again, narrowly missed the top spot in 2006 when it debuted at #2. When all is said and done, DMX has sold over twenty million records and has provided us with a lifetime of hits.

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