A trio of the U.S.’s hottest hip-hop stars of yesterday (and today, kind of) are heading Down Under. That’s right—Nelly, Lupe Fiasco, and B.o.B. are joining forces for an arena tour in Australia early next year. They’ll start things off at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney on January 8 before heading to shows in Newcastle, Brisbane, Auckland, Melbourne (at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl), and Perth. These shows are the first headlining dates for Nelly in Australia since 2005, while Lupe Fiasco is touring ahead of his upcoming album Tetsuo & Touth. Tickets for the tour are one sale now.

Born Cornell Iral Haynes, Nelly kicked off his musical career as a member of the St. Lunatics in 1993. He released his debut solo album, Country Grammar, in 2000, and the album’s namesake singled spawned a Top Ten hit. Lupe Fiasco was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco—he got his start in the Chicago hip-hop scene after wanting to create music that was the antithesis of the vulgar, misogynistic hip-hop so popular at the time. His debut album, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, was released in 2006. Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., aka B.o.B., quickly rose to commercial fame after his single “Nothin’ On You” hit No. 1 in both the United States and United Kingdom. His debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, also hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard charts.

Nelly, Lupe Fiasco, and B.o.B. Tour Dates & Tickets

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