Following the announcement of an upcoming solo project in early march, indie rap icon El-P revealed this week a string of headlining tour dates he’ll be launching through a partnership with Karmaloop.
Supported by a cast of rising hip-hop acts, such as Killer Mike, Mr. Muthaf***in’ eXquire, and Despot, the Brooklyn rapper/producer is set to kick things off in New York City on May 21, and then take nearly a month off, before heading on the road.
He’ll then make stops in Atlanta, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, and Boston, with things coming to a close on July 15th in Washington DC.
The tour is being launched in support of El-P’s upcoming album, titled Cancer For Cure, serving as his first full-length hip-hop project since 2007’s critically acclaimed I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead.
In anticipation of the tour, El has blessed listeners with another preview off the album, the steely, speaker-shattering “Tougher Colder Killer” (listen here ), which finds the rapper penning an apology to the mother of a man he killed on the battlefield and descends into a savage back-and-forth between himself, Despot, and Killer Mike (for whom El-P recently produced an entire album).
A rep for the rapper/producer says Cancer For Cure is among his “most cohesive accomplishments to date”, adding that it’s “an unflinching dissection of personal, popular and political conflict from a legendary innovator of the genre.”
The project is completely self-produced by El-P, and is slated to drop May 22 via Fat Possum Records.
Below are confirmed tour dates for El-P’s tour, presented by Karmaloop:
5/21 – New York NY @ Santos Party House *#
6/19 – Atlanta GA @ Masquerade
6/20 – New Orleans LA @ House of Blues
6/21 – Dallas TX @ Granada
6/22 – Houston TX @ Warehouse Live
6/23 – Austin TX @ Mohawk
6/25 – Phoenix AZ @ Crescent
6/26 – San Diego CA @ Casbah
6/28 – Los Angeles CA @ Echoplex
6/29 – San Francisco CA @ Regency
6/30 – Portland OR @ Hawthorne
7/1 – Seattle WA @ Neumo’s
7/2 – Vancouver BC @ Fortune
7/5 – Minneapolis MN @ Fineline
7/6 – Chicago IL @ Bottom Lounge
7/7 – Cleveland OH @ Grog Shop
7/8 – Ann Arbor MI @ Blind Pig
7/9 – Toronto ON @ Hoxton*#
7/11 – Boston MA @ Paradise
7/12 – Providence RI @ The Met
7/14 – Philadelphia PA @ Trocadero*
7/15 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
#No Killer Mike