Hip-Hop fans will serve as the motivation behind an upcoming 45-city tour celebrating the 10 year anniversary of independent group Hieroglpyhics and their label, Hiero Imperium.
The outing, known as the Freshly Dipped Tour, will make stops in the US and play select dates in Canada after its official start on June14 at the Paid Dues Hip-Hop festival in San Francisco, CA.
Among those featured on the tour are the Hieroglyphics, as well as Seattle rap collective Blue Scholars, Prince Ali, Musab and Knobody.
The tour will also serve as the springboard to launch two new projects from the group: the Hiero Jeans clothing line and Souls of Mischief member Opios upcoming album, Vulture's Wisdom, Volume One.
"We are putting this tour together to thank our fans for their years of loyal support, expose them to our new projects including our brand-new lifestyle line, Hiero Jeans and to celebrate the ways that Hip-Hop style has influenced the fashion world," said Hiero Imperium CEO Tajai Massey.
Since its inception, Hiero Imperium has played an important role in Hip-Hop by releasing albums from the Hieroglyphics crew and members Souls of Mischief (Tajai, A Plus, Phesto, Opio), Casual, Pep Love, Domino and Del The Funky Homosapien.
Individually, the Hieroglyphics members have sold more than 1,000,000 units independently.
The following are the first 30 dates of the Freshly Dipped Tour.
The remaining 15 dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
June 14 San Francisco, CA Berkeley Community Theatre (Paid Dues Hip-Hop Festival) July 11 Pomona, CA Glasshous July 12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey July 13 San Diego, CA Belly Up July 15 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse July 16 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum July 17 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine July 18 Dallas, TX Granada July 19 Austin, TX Emo's July 20 New Orleans, LA Parrish July 22 Orlando, FL Social-Late Show July 23 Atlanta, GA Masq July 24 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle July 25 Charleston, SC The Music FarmJuly 26 Wilmington, NC Soapbox July 27 Virginia Beach, VA Steppin Out July 29 Baltimore, MD Bedrock July 30 West Chester, PA The Note July 31 New York City, NY Highline Aug. 1 Providence, RI Jerky's Live Aug. 2 Boston, MA Middle East Aug. 3 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Aug. 5 Ottawa, ON Babylon Aug. 6 Toronto, ON Mod Club Aug. 7 London, ON The Salt Lounge Aug. 8 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig Aug. 9 Columbus, OH Skullys Aug. 10 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub Aug. 12 Madison, WI High Noon Aug. 13 Minneapolis First Ave-Early Show Aug. 14 Omaha Waiting Room Aug. 15 Boulder Fox Aug. 16 Salt Lake City Urban Lounge