Years before New Boyz member Tha Legacy became a popular rapper with five back-to-back charttopping singles to his group's credit, he knew he would one day be a headliningartist on the Scream Tour franchise.
And he was right. Friday, September 30, the New Boyz embarkon their first national run, a three-month stint on the Scream Tour withMindless Behavior and Diggy Simmons.
"I just remember a bunch of girls in the school that Iused to want to talk to -- but didn't want to talk to me -- going to that showto see Bow Wow and I was like, 'Yeah, I'm going to give myself a five year timeframe, and then I'm going to be on that tour,'" Tha Legacy told Hip Hop MediaTraining during an exclusive telephone interview.
Ben J, who met his New Boyz partner That Legacy during the10th grade, wasn't as optimistic. "I never been to any of the shows,always thought it was for the girls," Ben J said. "I heard the girls go crazyfor the superstars. So, I never thought I was going to be a superstar on theScream Tour. It's going to be a lot of girls on the tour."
When Hip Hop Media Training spoke to the guys earlierthis week, they were still in preparation mode.
Ben J was actually en route to the mall. "You got to get your accessories," hesaid. "The tour is kind of long time, like three months. You want to becomfortable. I'm getting some sweats, sweaters, team jackets, different shoes,hats so that I can wear them. I am going to try to be comfortable on my days off,and for the meet-and-greets with radio stations."
He also said that he couldn't hit the road without his technologicaldevices. "Laptops, iPads," he said. "You got family you got to keep in contactwith. I got to Skype them, iPad with them."
SCREAM TOUR DATES
September30 - Bell Auditorium -Augusta, GA
October1 - Riverwalk Amphitheater - Montgomery, AL
October2 - UNO Lakefront Arena - New Orleans, LA
October7 - Pier Six Pavilion -Baltimore, MD
October8 - Tower Theater - UpperDarby, PA
October9 - DAR Constitution Hall -Washington, DC
October14 - Palace Theater - Louisville, KY
October15 - De Soto Civic Center -Southaven, MS
October16 - Fox Theater - St. Louis, MO
October21 - Township Auditorium - Columbia, SC
October23 - Fox Theater - Atlanta, GA
October28 - Arie Crown Theatre - Chicago, IL
October29 - Aronoff Center - Cincinatti, OH
October30 - Fox Theater - Detroit, MI
November4 - Municipal Auditorium - Shreveport, LA
November5 - Reliant Arena - Houston, TX
November6 - Verizon Theatre - Dallas, TX
November11 - Paramount Theater - Oakland, CA
November 13 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
November18 - State Theatre - Cleveland, OH
November19 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY
November20 - Landmark Theatre - Richmond, VA
Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz, Film Magic, Inc.
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