Kings of the Mic Tour

Price: $49.50 - $75

When: Ended 05/30/13

Where: Target Center

Competing with Soundset for hip-hop lovers’ attention in the coming week — what a week! — the Kings of the Mic Tour offers up four of the all-time most influential names in rap in one tidy package. LL Cool J takes a rare break from TV and movies to headline, promising songs from his so-so new album “Authentic” alongside some of hip-hop’s first pop crossover hits, such as “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” and “Going Back to Cali.” Public Enemy, which proved electrifying if a bit erratic in concert at First Ave last year, added its sociopolitical powder-keg to the Def Jam mix a few years after LL with such classics as “Bring the Noise” and “Fight the Power.” Their West Coast counterpart Ice Cube pioneered gangsta rap with N.W.A. and then broke big with such solo hits as “It Was a Good Day” before joining LL in the acting world. Long Island, N.Y., trio De La Soul of “Me, Myself & I” fame came last in historical order and are first on the schedule. Read an interview with LL Cool J in Tuesday’s Variety section. Chris Riemenschneider


Target Center
600 1st Av. N.
Minneapolis, MN

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