Hot Ticket: 5 rap, hip-hop concerts to see including Florida's Rod Wave
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J. Cole with 21 Savage
Singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer, J. Cole joins fellow Southerner 21 Savage on tour this year.
The pair have scheduled two concerts in Florida: Sept. 24 at FTX Arena (formerly AmericanAirlines Arena) in Miami; and Sept. 25 at Amway Center in Orlando. Tickets for all the shows start around $100.
Born in then-West Germany, J. Cole grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and received his bachelor's degree from St. John's University in New York City.
He became popular in the late 2000s, releasing mixtapes that led him to him signing with Jay-Z's Roc Nation entertainment company in 2009. His debut studio album in 2011, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Cole's hits have included "Work Out," "No Role Modelz," "MIDDLE CHILD," "Apparently" and "Power Trip."
Born in London, 21 Savage grew up in Atlanta since he was 7 years old. His hits have included "No Heart," "A Lot" and "Mr. Right Now."
St. Petersburg native Rod Wave continues his SoulFly Tour in Florida next month.
His three concerts are Sept. 9 at Daily's Place in Jacksonville, with tickets remaining from about $30; Sept. 10 at iThink Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, with lawn tickets from about $30; and Sept. 11 at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, with $25 lawn tickets the most inexpensive.
He became a big name in hip-hop and rap when his 2019 song "Fire and Ice" went viral on TikTok, YouTube and other social media.
More recently, Apple iTunes featured him and his new album, SoulFly, featuring the No. 1 song (as of last week) "Already Won" (featuring Lil Durk) on the popular media player and library.
Feed the Streetz
Another Florida rapper, Rick Ross, joins Jeezy, Gucci Mane & more artists for two concerts in the Sunshine State this fall.
Their Feed the Streetz tour heads to South Florida on Oct. 15 at BB&T Center, with tickets from $59; Oct 16 at VyStar Veterans Arena in Jacksonville, with tickets from $50; and Oct. 17 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, with tickets from $55.
Ross rose to national prominence in the mid-2000s with his hit single "Hustlin.' " That song and others including "Push It" were on his debut studio album, Port of Miami, in 2006.
He followed that up with others, including "Aston Martin Music," "Diced Pineapples," "The Devil is a Lie" and "Idols Become Rivals."
Atlanta-based rappers Jeezy and Gucci Mane also bring their hits, such as Jeezy's "All There." The pair along with T.I. (who's not on this tour), were among a few Southern-based rappers who originated trap music, a subgenre of hip hop.
The Millennium Tour
Omarion, Bow Wow, and other rappers have three shows set in Florida: Nov. 5 at FTX Arena in Miami, Nov. 6 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, and Nov. 7 at VyStar Veterans Arena in Jacksonville. Tickets start at around $50 for all three concerts.
From Southern California, Omarion began with the boy band B2K about 20 years ago. He went solo in 2005 with his debut studio album, O, which received a Grammy nomination.
His hits have included "Ice Box," "I'm Up" and "Mutual."
No Limit Reunion Tour
Master P (born Percy Robert Miller) grew up in New Orleans and gained fame on the rap scene in the mid-1990s with his group, TRU.
His tour hits Florida in Jacksonville for one concert, Oct. 8, at VyStar Veterans Arena on his No Limit Reunion Tour. Tickets start at $47.
He also released studio solo albums that sold well, such as Ice Cream Man — including the song "Ice Cream Man" — in 1996, Only God Can Judge Me (1999), Ghetto Bill (2005), and The Gift (2013).
When he was not performing, Master P played in the National Basketball Association in the late 1990s and also has acted in films, including "Gone in 60 Seconds" (2000) and "Hollywood Homicide" (2003).
Dave Osborn is the regional features editor of the Naples Daily News and News-Press. Follow him on Instagram @detroitdave88 and on Twitter @NDN_dosborn.