UPDATE [22/03/2023]: The Game will no longer be performing alongside Ice Cube and Cypress Hill when the rap legends tour Australia this month. Replacing the Compton rapper will be A.B. Original.
Original Article – Ice Cube, Cypress Hill & The Game Are Touring Australia In March 2023
While Australian tour announcements from big-name international artists keep coming through each week, the latest is a massive triple-bill from some of the biggest rappers of the older generations. Sitting at the top of the triple threat is N.W.A. co-founder and certified hip hop royalty Ice Cube, heading a line-up for Australia that also includes 90s icons Cypress Hill and mid-00s Compton slugger The Game.
All three acts are set to play some massive arena shows around Australia in late March 2023 across just five days, kicking off at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, heading to Adelaide Entertainment Centre and Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena and then wrapping up at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
All three acts have played numerous shows in Australia over the past decade, with the most recent being Cube’s earth-shattering performance at the Sydney Opera House in 2018. He joined the likes of Wu-Tang Clan and Kanye West before him as some of the only rappers to play on Australia’s most iconic stage, validating his status are one of the industry’s most prolific, important and influential emcees.
Both Cypress Hill and The Game have been known for putting on some explosive live shows, particularly the former. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when all three put on a show that, for fans of hip hop, is simply not to be missed.
Headliner Ice Cube will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of his 1993 album, Lethal Injection, so it’s more than likely a few of the singles from that banger should be creeping onto the setlist. Expect to hear the Funkadelic-laced ‘Bop Gun (One Nation),’ smash hit ‘You Know How We Do It,’ and fan-favourites like ‘Really Doe’ and ‘Ghetto Bird.’
Although all three could easily command a headline show by themselves. Cypress Hill has, to date, sold more than 9 million records and is largely considered one of the most indelible names in 90s hip hop, especially among Latino rappers like Big Pun and Fat Joe.
The Game has also got plenty of acclaim to his name. Ever since bursting onto the scene as 50 Cent’s protege with 2015’s The Documentary, his gruff voice has made a massive impact at the cross-section of gangster rap and pop, borrowing some of 50’s radio-friendly sensibility but managing to bring more shades of Compton to the table and paving the way for new-age west coast rappers like Kendrick Lamar and YG.
It’s looking like the promoters behind the massive tour want to turn the triple bill into a bit of a festival as well. A bunch of Australian support acts should be announced closer to the date and we’ll update this piece when they are.
The Ice Cube, Cypress Hill and The Game shows in Australia are the latest to be added to the schedule of live music helping kick off 2023. The others includes:
- Elton John
- Arctic Monkeys
- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
- Freddie Gibbs
- The Backstreet Boys
- Joey Bada$$
- Fred Again
Ice Cube, Cypress Hill & The Game Australian Tour 2023
Thursday, March 23 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday, March 25 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Sunday, March 26 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tuesday, March 28 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Tickets go on sale from 1 PM local time on Wednesday, November 23.