Full steam ahead in anticipation of their sixth studio album expected to drop later this year, Rebelution has officially announced their 2018 Summer Tour plans, alongside a staggering lineup including Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I and DJ Mackle. The Free Rein tour will include 25 dates across June and September with the potential for more to be announced.
The accolades and honors for Rebelution have not slowed down for quite some time. Seeing Rebelution headlining the biggest festivals as the first name on the bill is considered a normality at this point – feel free to reference this year’s Cali Roots, Reggae Rise Up, One Love Cali Fest and Levitate Festival to name a few. The argument can be made that the hype has never been bigger for the Isla Vista reggae phenoms, as their follow-up effort to 2016’s Falling Into Place is imminent with full detailed announcements expected sooner than later.
Stephen Marley hardly needs any introduction either. Not to be overlooked, his most recent album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life was one of 2016’s greatest releases featuring plenty of epic tracks, including collaborations with notable hip-hop artists including Rakim, Rick Ross, Waka Flaka Flame and other tracks with guests including Pitbull, Shaggy, DJ Khaled and more. Hopefully you’ve heard it by now, but if for some nonsensical reason you haven’t, find “Rock Stone” below – the track was featured as the highlight song from Marley’s most recent album and has the tastiest of basslines.
Common Kings enjoyed quite the banner year in 2017. Not far removed from being considered an “up-and-coming” breakthrough artist, it’s safe to say the Orange County 4-piece has immersed themselves into a sought-after name across the reggae community. Their debut full-length album Lost in Paradise received GRAMMY nominations for Best Reggae Album, and they have stayed busy touring for well over half the year – including their most recent “Broken Crowns” tour run supporting Matisyahu. Suffice to say that fans will want to make sure they are in the crowd by the time Common Kings hit the stage.
Enter Zion I, the eclectic hip-hop machine spearheaded and survived by Baba Zumbi from Oakland, CA that will keep things moving playing tracks dating back to their inception in 1996. As a side note, the duo also included Amp Live as their former DJ until 2014 – Amp Live is also the other half of Eric Rachmany’s side project Unified Highway.
Watch: Rebelution – “Feeling Alright” (live at Red Rocks)
Watch: Common Kings – “Today’s A New Day” (featuring ¡Mayday!)
Watch: Zion I – “Coastin”