Imagine that! Twenty-one years after Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas dropped “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That),” the hip-hop legends are going on tour.
The North American trek, which is set to kick off Sept. 7 in Chicago, will take Esco and L-Boogie on a run through Toronto, Miami, Houston, and Los Angeles, wrapping Oct. 11 in Vancouver.
Comedian Hannibal Buress and reggae star Chronixx will open on select dates, adding different dimensions to the forthcoming jaunt. Citi pre-sale begins Wednesday (May 31) at 10 a.m. local time. Meanwhile, tickets will be available to the public starting June 2.
This isn’t the first time Nas and Lauryn have been on tour together. In 2012, the duo also joined forces for the “Life Is Good/Black Rage Tour.”
“This is history,” Nas said at the time. Throughout the years, they’ve also done surprise appearances together, including a 2014 duet at Coachella. Just last year, Esco was part of select dates on L-Boogie’s “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Tour.”
Ms. Hill hasn’t released a new album since 1998’s classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Meanwhile, Nas is planning to drop the follow-up to 2012’s Life Is Good this year.
MS. LAURYN HILL & NAS TOUR DATES
Sept. 7 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island ^
Sept. 8 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill ^
Sept. 10 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage ^
Sept. 12 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ^
Sept. 14 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion +
Sept. 15 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live +
Sept. 20 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater ^
Sept. 22 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater +
Sept. 23 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place ^
Sept. 27 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land ^
Sept. 28 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory ^
Sept. 30 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater ^
Oct. 3 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU +
Oct. 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl ^
Oct. 7 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre +
Oct. 10 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater +
Oct. 11 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum ^
^ with Chronixx
+ with Hannibal Buress and Chronixx