Common's unique brand of socially conscious and slightly alternative hip hop has made him one of the most widely acclaimed rappers of the past twenty years. While Common's trademark, politically and socially charged lyrics have sparked conflict with some, they have also brought him a huge fan base that shows up in droves to tour dates. These same fans are eagerly awaiting a set release date for Common's upcoming album, The Dreamer, The Believer, and if 2011 tour dates will follow the album's release.
Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, Jr., was born on the South Side of Chicago and formed his first rap trio, C.D.R., while in high school. While the group successfully opened tour dates for groups like N.W.A., he took a hiatus to attend college before releasing his debut album, Can I Borrow A Dollar?, in 1992 under the alias Common Sense. In 1999, the rapper began working with a musical collective known as the Soulquarians, which consisted of founder Questlove, Mos Def, Erykah Baduh, D'Angelo, and J Dilla, among others. Soulquarians helped Common hit his mainstream stride with production assistance on his fourth album, Like Water for Chocolate, which was released in 2000 to nearly universal acclaim, while also quickly going gold.
The Soulquarians also assisted Common on his next album, Electric Circus, which featured a more experimental sound; the style was praised by critics who saw an evolutionary sound but blasted by fans who wanted another Like Water for Chocolate. Shortly after tour dates in promotion of the album, Common began working more often with Kanye West, who he had known for years through their shared mentor, No I.D. West helped produce Common's second gold record, Be, in 2005, which also received nearly universally positive reviews and was nominated for four Grammys. Common received similar success with the West produced Finding Forever in 2007 and fans have been waiting for the release of The Dreamer, The Believer since 2008. The album and tour dates have been delayed by Common's popular and thriving acting career.
While fans won't have to wait long for The Dreamer, The Believer to be released, they might not experience any tour dates in 2011. No official release date has been given for the new album, but it is likely that Common will schedule a number of tour dates to promote the record once it does release. Be sure to check Eventful for all the latest on any Common tour dates in 2011.
Leading the pack of several British Neo-Soul singers such as Adele and Duffy, Estelle rose to prominence with her 2004 debut, The 18th Day. Estelle has been giving us the best of English Hip-Hop Soul ever since, and she is taking her act on the road. Estelle tour dates are currently scheduled internationally to promote her latest album. Don't miss a date on the Estelle concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Estelle tour dates and venue information.
The London native, exploded onto the singles charts in 2004 with her hot tracks "1980" and "Free". The success led to a MOBO Award for Best Newcomer and the chance to work with Kanye West and David Guetta. Estelle garnered international fame with her sophomore album, Shine, released in 2008. The album featured the hit single, "American Boy", featuring Kanye West and was named by Rolling Stone magazine as the seventh best song of 2008. The single earned her three nominations at the 51st Grammy Awards including a win for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Estelle released her third album, All of Me, in 2011. The single featured collaborations with Robin Thicke, Rick Ross, and production help by David Guetta. Estelle has been on the road promoting the album ever since its release. Currently on tour, this R&B sensation will be visiting a venue near you this 2011. Stay on top of Estelle tour dates and use Eventful as your concert calendar for Estelle and all of your other favorite artists.