What do you get when you bring together a Born Sinner and a Gifted poet? You get one of the hottest tours of the summer. RocNation artist J. Cole recently announced that he and fellow Hip-Hop MC Wale are gearing up for a collaborative tour called What Dreams May Come. The 27-city tour is set to kick off on September 10 and go through October 30. One thing many fans will be surprised to see when they view the tour dates and locations is that there are no tour stops in Washington, DC or Baltimore. What’s up with that Wale?
For many fans this tour is somewhat of a dream come true, because for the past five years J. Cole and Wale have been arguably two of the most consistent hip hop artists in the game. They both have released numerous mixtapes, which have been well-received. Take for example J. Cole’s 2007 mixtape entitled The Come Up and Wale’s 2008 mixtape called The Mixtape About Nothing, which many fans consider to be one of their best mixtapes respectively. But perhaps more important than their mixtape successes is the fact that both J. Cole and Wale released their highly-anticipated albums earlier this summer.
J. Cole: Born Sinner
Released on June 18, 2013, J. Cole’s sophomore album debuted in the number 2 spot selling 297,000 copies in its first week. The album featured the leadoff single Power Trip featuring up and coming R&B crooner Miguel. The album also included collaboration with 90’s girl group TLC entitled Crooked Smile. It’s worth noting that another one of Jay Z’s protégé’s Kanye West released his sixth album Yeezus on the same day, and edged out Cole for the top spot selling 327,000 copies in its first week. Although Cole did not nab the top spot the first week, his Born Sinner album has continued to outpace the album sells of West’s Yeezus album. Now that’s something that will make him flash those crooked teeth.
Wale: The Gifted
Exactly, one week after J. Cole and Kanye West released their albums; Wale released his third album entitled The Gifted. The Gifted featured numerous guest appearances, most notably the remix of Wale and Tiara Thomas’ smash hit Bad, which Wale enlisted the help of reigning R&B bad girl Rihanna to add a fresh perspective to. In its first week The Gifted moved 158,000 units; while at the same time claiming the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 200 charts.
To all the Dreamers, Sinners, Hippies, and Gifted die hard hip-hop fans here are a couple of reminders, The What Dreams May Come tour officially kicks off on September 10 and goes through October 30. Tickets go on sell August 2. Get your ticket while they last or you may experience a dream deferred.