Opening Acts: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis 2013 U.S. Fall Tour

Opening Acts: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis 2013 U.S. Fall Tour

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the same cold-ass honkies who tipped us off to thriftin’ and tag poppin’ are now dropping some new intel on two current and future legends in the rap game. Big K.R.I.T. and Talib Kweli will be featured as the opening acts on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ massive U.S. Fall Tour slated to begin this October.

Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time), is far removed from the tongue-in-cheek headliners, and certainly isn’t hitching a ride to the Goodwill store anytime soon. Instead, this rapper/producer had been on the mixtape hustle since ’05 before hitting it big in the blogosphere with the 2010 release of K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. With critics and fans dubbing him as the next King of the South, Big K.R.I.T. immediately signed a deal with Def Jam Recordsgiving him the ability to make cameos on albums including Currensy’s Pilot Talk and Wiz Khalifa’s Kush and Orange Juice.

K.R.I.T. is a throwback to a time when rap was real. A time when the struggle and hustle of everyday life on the streets shaped into songs in the key of life, rather than today’s glorified tales of fame and fortune. K.R.I.T.’s words resonate with the everyday man, who’s life couldn’t be further from the cheesy glitz and glamour portrayed by today’s rap community. Instead of caving into the pressures of industry mediocrity, K.R.I.T. does what he says, and releases the music he believes in without ever having to stray from his vision.

Top Tracks: “Viktorious“, “Hometown Hero”, and “Children of the World.”

Talib Kweli

A poet among rappers, Talib Kweli is an artist lost in the masses of today’s commercialized rap. A Brooklyn native born to college professors, Talib Kweli began honing his literary craft in elementary school, writing poems and short stories. It wasn’t until high school that Kweli turned to hip-hop as his choice outlet for self-expression, later meeting Mos Defwho further pushed him towards the path of becoming an MC. 

In a rap game that rewards production over quality, Kweli’s talent is oftentimes overlooked. Even with stints in groups Black Star and Reflection Eternal, Kweli has never managed to break through commercially. While his socially conscious rhymes and highly intellectual lyricism may have impressed critics and fellow artists alike, his songs have fallen short of the mainstream spotlight. It is unknown if his lack of mainstream acceptance can be attributed to his making listeners think on a broader scale, but it’s most likely why ‘Murica can’t get enough of the hard-hitting rhymes of Black Eyed Peas

Top Tracks: “Get By,” “I Try,” and “Distractions.”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2013 U.S. Fall Tour Tickets

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2013 U.S. Fall Tour Dates

Date Event City
8/2/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre tickets Toronto, Ontario
8/3/2013 The Grove Music Festival The Commons at Butlers Barracks Historic Site tickets Niagara On The Lake, Ontario
8/6/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Credit Union Centre tickets Saskatoon, SK
8/7/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Big Four Building at Stampede Park tickets Calgary, AB
8/8/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Shaw Conference Centre tickets Edmonton, AB
8/31/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Minnesota State Fair Grandstand tickets St Paul, MN
10/22/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Rose Garden tickets Portland, OR
10/23/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Spokane Arena tickets Spokane, WA
10/24/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Adams Event Center tickets Missoula, Mt
10/25/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Taco Bell Arena tickets Boise, ID
10/26/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Maverik Center tickets West Valley City, UT
10/29/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis CenturyLink Center Omaha tickets Omaha, NE
10/30/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Wells Fargo Arena tickets Des Moines, IA
10/31/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Luther College Regents Center tickets Decorah, IA
11/2/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Palace of Auburn Hills tickets Auburn Hills, MI
11/4/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis UIC Pavilion tickets Chicago, IL
11/6/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Schottenstein Center tickets Columbus, OH
11/7/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Bryce Jordan Center tickets State College, PA
11/8/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis TD Garden tickets Boston, MA
11/9/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis First Niagara Center tickets Buffalo, NY
11/11/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Carrier Dome tickets Syracuse, NY
11/13/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The Theater at Madison Square Garden tickets New York, NY
11/14/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The Theater at Madison Square Garden tickets New York, NY
11/18/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Verizon Center tickets Washington, DC
11/19/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis PNC Arena tickets Raleigh, NC
11/22/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Arena at Gwinnett Center tickets Duluth, GA
11/23/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis USF Sun Dome tickets Tampa, FL
11/24/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis American Airlines Arena tickets Miami, FL
11/27/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Reliant Arena tickets Houston, TX
11/29/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Cedar Park Center tickets Bryan, TX
11/30/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie tickets Grand Prairie, TX
12/4/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Staples Center tickets Los Angeles, CA
12/5/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Valley View Casino Center tickets San Diego, CA
12/7/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Bill Graham Civic Auditorium tickets San Francisco, CA
12/10/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Key Arena tickets Seattle, WA
12/11/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Key Arena tickets Seattle, WA
12/12/2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Key Arena tickets Seattle, WA