The performers on the current edition of the Smokers Club Tour are mostly (but not entirely) native to the East Coast. Even so, the artists represent a large swath of the sonic territory that defines rap in its present state. The tour's one true veteran, Harlem's Cam'ron, hasn't dropped an album or mixtape since 2011. But fans still keeping up with him years after "Hey Ma" and Purple Haze
were rewarded with his collaborations with A-Trak and NYC electronic duo the Knocks. Meanwhile, Harlem's Smoke DZA is, understandably, often pigeonholed as a weed rapper. But his catalog has mounted impressively over the past half-decade, rendering his artistic identity too multi-leveled for a simple label. Two younger acts on the bill, the Underachievers and Nyck Caution, are part of the Beast Coast movement, with the first practicing a psychedelic rap sound and the second emerging as a capable player in the Pro Era group. As for the tour's primary non-New Yorker, Chicago's G Herbo is a fiery 20-year-old who's penned some of the most detailed portraits of so-called "Chiraq," though he's never been restricted by stereotypes of his city's controversial "drill music."