Legendary hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim have announced their first tour in more than 20 years. The 17-date trek North American kicks off on 8 April in Boston and stretches into early May. “It’s time to show you,” the duo wrote in a tweet announcing the shows.
The duo first reunited last year for a string of one-off shows commemorating the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Paid in Full. However, this marks Eric B. & Rakim’s first full outing together since their initial break up in 1993.
Eric B. & Rakim first formed in Long Island, New York, in 1985. Between 1987 and 1992, they released four acclaimed albums, the platinum-selling Paid In Full, Follow The Leader, Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em and Don’t Sweat The Technique. The release of Paid In Full, which contains gritty, heavy, and dark beats, marked the beginning of heavy sampling in hip-hop records. As a disc jockey, Eric B. had reinstated the art of live turntable mixing and his soul-filled sampling became influential in future hip hop production.
Eric B & Rakim will play the following US shows:
April 8: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
April 10: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
April 11: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
April 12: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
April 15: Wallingford, CT @ The Dome
April 17: Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 18: Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
April 19: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
April 20: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
April 22: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
April 24: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
April 26: Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
April 27: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
April 29: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 30: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 2: Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
05/03: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore.
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