5 Upcoming Hip Hop Concerts You Can’t Miss In 2022: From Tyler to Sampa

Banging out to songs like “Corso” (Tyler, the Creator) and “Wiley Flow” (Stormzy) on your headphones late at night during lockdown was cool, but think about what it’s going to be like when all that pent-up energy is released in at a concert this year? Yeah, that’s right. Concerts are coming back in full-force, and you better believe hip hop is a major part of that as big-ticket internationals make their way down under for events like Splendour in the Grass and VIVID Sydney.

We know heads have been waiting to get down to some of their old and new favourites, from Tyler, the Creator and Stormzy to Jack Harlow and Maxo Kream. These are the hip hop concerts you’re going to need to snatch up remaining tickets for you if you really want to get loose for live music this year.

Tyler, The Creator

Is there any rapper as emblematic of hip hop’s changing trends as Tyler, the Creator? The mischief-maker who arrived on the scene as the headline act of Odd Future has shown a ridiculous level of growth as an artist over the years. Just listen to “Goblin” and a song like “Wasyaname” back-to-back and try deny Tyler his incredible evolution, both sonically and as a rapper. With his latest album Call Me If You Get Lost delivering more than a few bangers like “Corso” and “Lemonhead,” you’d have to be a fool to miss Tyler’s Splendour set or his sideshows.

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Jack Harlow

Sample a song that’s pretty much peak nostalgia for gen z’s Instagram set? Genius. Jack Harlow has one of the biggest songs in the world right now with the Fergie-sampling “First Class”. But this Kentucky boy is much more than one-trick pony. Master of the glow-up, from low-key bangers like “Sundown,” with a beat that sounds like Neptunes circa 2000, and mega-hits like “What’s Poppin,” the Kentucky rapper will be looking to stamp his rising star on Australia when he heads down under for Splendour in the Grass and its numerous sideshows.

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Sampa the Great

It’s not all about the international acts when it comes to hip hop tours in Australia for 2022. Sampa the Great has had a tremendous past few years, coated with plenty of critical acclaim. The award-winning artist’s most important show of the year will be for Sydneysiders, closing out May at the Sydney Opera House with a headline spot at VIVID Live, presenting special show “An Afro Future.”

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Maxo Kream

Maxo Kream may have been a surprising inclusion on the Splendour in the Grass line-up, but the forward-thinking Houston rapper may just prove to be the MVP for hip hop fans thirsting for a head-nodding concert this year. While live music makes a crawl back to normalcy, Kream will be ripping up the stage with his latest album Weight of the World at Splendour and major headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

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While Tyler and Jack Harlow have it locked for mid-year, the biggest hip hop concert of 2022 will undoubtedly be the long-awaited arrival of UK beast Stormzy. Bringing his Heavy is the Head tour, which was supposed to happen in 2020, down under, the Brit emcee will be performing shows across Australia and will undoubtedly be making up for lost time. Track like “Wiley Flow” and “Vossi Bop” are hype enough when you’re listening to them at 2 am in your bed, so imagine what it’s going to be like when an entire capacity crowd turns up when the beat drops and the heavy-impact of Stormzy’s grimey flow hits.

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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy-Editor-At-Large of the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.