DX News Bits: 50 Cent, Nate Dogg, Fela Kuti
Fif announces dates for his U.S. music tour, producer Damizza provides an address for fans to send letters to Nate Dogg, and a second reissue of Fela's music will release next month.50 Cent announced on Tuesday that he will kick off his U.S. tour on May 28. "The Invitation Tour" will begin at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland before ending in Atlantic City on Jun 25. The rapper will perform some of his previous material, including tracks from his fourth major studio album Before I Self Destruct, as well as unheard music from his upcoming "uptempo" follow-up, Black Magic. Listed below are the show dates:
May 28, 2010 - Cleveland - Wolstein Center
May 29, 2010 - Detroit - Chene Park
May 30, 2010 - Chicago - UIC Pavillion
Jun 01, 2010 - Denver - Filmore
Jun 03, 2010 - San Francisco - Warfield
Jun 04, 2010 - Los Angeles - Nokia
Jun 06, 2010 - Las Vegas - The Pearl
Jun 07, 2010 - Phoenix - Celebrity Theater
Jun 10, 2010 - Kansas - City Midland Theater
Jun 11, 2010 - Dallas - Fairpark
Jun 12, 2010 - Houston - Arena Theater
Jun 15, 2010 - Miami - Filmore
Jun 17, 2010 - Atlanta - Tabernacle
Jun 18, 2010 - Myrtle Beach - House of Blues
Jun 19, 2010 - Raleigh - Walnut Creek
Jun 22, 2010 - NYC - Hammerstein
Jun 23, 2010 - Wallingford - Oakdale Theater
Jun 24, 2010 - Boston - HOB
Jun 25, 2010 - Atlantic City - HOB
In other news, producer and Los Angeles based artist Damizza has informed DubCNN.com that Nate Dogg's health has improved in recent months. The West Coast veteran suffered a stroke in 2007 and another one in 2008, both of which left him relegated to a wheelchair and partially paralyzed in the face. According to Damizza, Nate Dogg has been recovering and asking to listen to his old music.
Damizza also shared an address that fans can send letters to in support of the singer:
8306 Wilshire Blvd #484
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Because Nate Dogg's mother will be reading the letters to him, Damizza has asked that fans keep the letters clean out of respect. HipHopDX will continue to give updates on this story.
Finally, Knitting Factory Records has announced plans to release the second set of Fela Kuti reissues next month. The set will include 7 CDs consisting of 14 albums, and will chronicle the afrobeat pioneer's most colorful and politically charged work of the 1970s including Excuse O (1975), Ikoyi Blindness (1976), and Kalakuta Show (1976).
The reissuing of Fela's work runs parallel with the biographical Broadway musical FELA!, which celebrates Fela's life and musical legacy. The critically acclaimed show is produced by rapper Jay-Z as well as actors Will and Jada Pinket Smith.
The 7-disc set will release on May 11, while the third reissue is scheduled to release this fall.