Public Enemy, Wu-Tang Clan and De La Soul are going on tour together in 2019 to mark the anniversaries of their landmark hip-hop albums. Under the banner Gods Of Rap, the three legendary hip-hop outfits will play three UK arena shows together at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on 10 May, Manchester Arena on 11 May and Glasgow The SSE Hydro on 12 May.
The mammoth Gods Of Rap trek celebrates the groups’ iconic rap records: Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993), Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988), and De La Soul’s 3 Feet High And Rising (1989).
Speaking to Music Week, SJM promoter Chris Waring said: “I don’t believe anything like this has been done in the UK before on this level.”
“This tour creates a legacy, it’s a moment. The groups are the biggest in their genres, they’re all celebrating notable anniversaries of their biggest albums and I am led to believe this is the first time they have all been on the same bill together.
“It’s important to kick the door open and create something special that leaves a legacy and gives incredible value for ticket buyers.”
The tour will be hosted and presented by DJ Premier. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on 25 January. Public Enemy released a surprise free album, Nothing Is Quick In The Desert, in 2017 to mark their 30th year as a group. Meanwhile, De La Soul supported Lauryn Hill on one of her Miseducation 20th anniversary tour dates in September 2018.
The surviving members of Wu-Tang Clan reunited Jimmy Kimmel’s chat show in October last year to play two tracks from their aforementioned seminal debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
The Gods Of Rap Tour includes the following dates:
May 10 – London, UK @ The SSE Arena Wembley
May 11 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
May 12 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro.
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