A number of Hip Hop artists are having to postpone their tours due to the ever-growing worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
Hip Hop artists like Young Dolph, Key Glock, Rod Wave, Young M.A and Lauryn Hill have taken such action.
This drastic measure comes as governments worldwide lock-down bars, restaurants and concert venues, limiting large gatherings, exercising social distancing in the fight against coronavirus.
Young Dolph and protégé, Key Glock, announced the postponement of their remaining shows of the No Rules Tour. The pair collaborated on the 2019 album, Dum And Dummer, embarking on the No Rules Tour in early February.
The tour saw them perform in Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, New York and Cleveland. However, fans expecting to see the duo in St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Des Moines will face disappointment but will understand the importance of halting the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement, Young Dolph said, “Unfortunately due to the tragic coronavirus that’s impacting the world, we have to be responsible and postpone the remaining 6 March tour dates on the No Rules Tour to August. There’s nothing more important than being safe, healthy and protecting our fans.”
Furthermore, any tickets purchased for the remaining shows will remain valid for future scheduled dates.
Coronavirus Brings Uncertainty Over Hip Hop Events In UK
Consequently, another musical victim in the coronavirus pandemic is Glastonbury, which has cancelled it’s 2020 event in its entirety. This year, Hip Hop artist, Kendrick Lamar was due to headline along with Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney.
Organizer Emily Eavis said, “We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled. Clearly, this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th-anniversary event. But following the new government measures announced this week, this is now our only viable option.”
Two further major Hip Hop shows are due to take place in the UK in the coming weeks. On April 12, Snoop Dogg brings his I Wanna Thank Me’ tour to the Manchester Arena. Warren G, Obie Trice and D12 will accompany Snoop for a must-see show.
Two weeks later, Nas, DMX, Gang Starr and The Lox come together for the God Of Rap Tour. Promoters of both events have yet to comment, however, UK Hip Hop fans can expect both to either postponed or cancelled.