So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri has been saying for months that there will be a So So Def 25th-anniversary tour in 2018, and now details of the tour have finally been announced. The So So Def 25th Anniversary Cultural Curren$y Tour is a U.S. arena trek that will feature Dupri, Xscape, Da Brat, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, Anthony Hamilton, Bonecrusher, Youngbloodz, Dem Franchize Boyz and J-Kwon. The tour begins Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C., and ends Nov. 2 in Los Angeles.
People who buy the compilation album Jermaine Dupri Presents So So Def 25 will get access to pre-sale tickets from Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. local time to Aug. 2 at 11:59 p.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. local time.
The 17-track So So Def 25 compilation, released June 29 on Sony Music's Legacy Recordings/Certified Classics imprint, has hits, remixes and deep cuts from the same artists on the tour, as well as Kris Kross and Ghost Town DJs. According to a Legacy announcement, Legacy/Certified Classics is also releasing 12-inch vinyl reissues of select So So Def catalog titles, as well as additional digital content.
In addition to celebrating So So Def's 25th anniversary, Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Dupri has reached another major milestone this year: He was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14. Other accolades that Dupri received this year include the Trumpet Awards' Music Innovation Award, the Global Spin Awards' Breaking Barriers Award and the Legendary Awards' Trailblazer Award. Dupri has also been busy filming Season 5 of "The Rap Game," the reality show/talent contest that airs on Lifetime. Dupri hosts the show, which gives exposure to aspiring rap artists.
On July 31, Dupri did an interview with Atlanta radio station V-103 to talk about So So Def's 25th anniversary. In the interview, Dupri commented on his longevity in the music business: "I tell people all the time: The key to my success is to pay attention to things nobody else is looking at."
Here are the dates for the So So Def 25th Anniversary Cultural Curren$y Tour:
Oct. 14: Washington, DC — Capital One Arena
Oct. 18: Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center (Tickets)
Oct. 19: Baltimore, MD — Royal Farms Arena (Tickets)
Oct. 20: Greensboro, NC — Coliseum (Tickets)
Oct. 21: Atlanta, GA — Philips Arena (Tickets)
Oct. 24: Chicago, IL — United Center
Oct. 25: Nashville, TN — Bridgestone Arena (Tickets)
Oct. 26: Memphis, TN — FedExForum (Tickets)
Oct. 28: Charlotte, NC — Spectrum Center (Tickets)
Oct. 31: Detroit, MI — Little Caesars Arena (Tickets)
Nov. 2: Los Angeles, CA — Staples Center (Tickets) (Parking)