R&B songbird Ledisi will be gracing a stage near you this spring.  The soulful sista is gearing up for her 'Truth Tour' and will be stopping off to 30 cities along the way.


(Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images)

The Truth Tour is named after her forthcoming album and will be Ledisi’s first and biggest, since her 2012 B.G.T.Y. Tour, which featured 25 stops.  Ledisi begins her journey April 16 in Jacksonville, Fla.   Jazz and R&B quartet the Robert Glasper Experiment will open for her throughout the performance spree.

Listen to Tha Wire below and find out you can download Ledisi's new album for free.  Plus, get scoop on when it'll be in stores as well.  In the meantime, check out the video for her new song "I Blame You".

Here's a look at Ledisi’s The Truth Tour Dates

April 16 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ Florida Theatre
April 17 – Mobile, Ala. @ Saenger Theatre
April 18 – Memphis, Tenn @ Orpheum Theater
April 19 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Murat Theatre
April 22 – Toledo, Oh. @ Stranahan Theater
April 24 – Detroit, Mich. @ Detroit Opera House
April 25 – Chicago, Ill. @ Chicago Theatre
April 26 – Louisville, Ky. @ Palace Theatre
April 27 – Cleveland, Oh. @ HOB Cleveland
April 28 – Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall
April 30 – New York, N.Y. @ The Beacon Theatre
May 1 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ Tower Theatre
May 2 – Norfolk, Va. @ Chysler Hall
May 3 – Washington, D.C. @ DAR Constitution Hall (No RGE)
May 4 – Baltimore, Md. @ Pier 6 Pavillion
May 6 – Durham, N.C. @ Durham PAC
May 8 – Charlotte, N.C. @ The Fillmore
May 9 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
May 10 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant (No RGE)
May 11 – Nashville, Tenn. @ War Memorial Auditorium (No RGE)
May 13 – @ Kansas City, Ma. @ Midland
May 14 – Dallas, Tx. Majestic Theatre
May 16 – Houston, Tx. @ Bayou Music Center
May 17 – Austin, Tx. @ ACL Live
May 21 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Warfield Theatre
May 22 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Club Nokia
May 23 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ HOB Las Vegas
May 24 – San Diego, Calif. @ San Diego Jazz Festival
May 25 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Woodlake Inn

Photo by Ross Hailey/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images
Photo by Ross Hailey/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images

In other news, San Francisco, Calif.-based streetwear brands Benny Gold and HUF have teamed up with JanSport to create a new backpack that’s perfect for your everyday.

Benny Gold’s Right Pack comes in an indigo blue colorway with a Red Win logo etched right into the full-grain leather at the bottom.  The bag also includes internal padded sleeves for a 15″ laptop and iPad, plus, an outer compartment to hold pens and other utensils.

The HUF Right Pack comes in a black colorway that boasts the H logo etched into the full-grain leather at the bottom.  This trendy bag has a “Shoes-n-Booze” stowaway pocket big enough to hold a pair of sneakers or a six-pack of beer, which ever you fancy.  Click here and take a look at the latest fashion trend.

Listen to Tha Wire below and learn when the new trendy backpacks will hit stores.  While your at it, get an idea of how much they're gonna set you back retail wise.

Photo by Frazer Harrison/WireImage
Photo by Frazer Harrison/WireImage

Finally, the 1994 ‘Illmatic’ album by Nas will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most important rap albums of all time.  To commemorate the LP’s 20 year anniversary, Sony Legacy is going to drop the two-decade anniversary edition entitled ‘Illmatic XX’ on April 15.

The album will be a double-CD collection that will feature the 10 original tracks and 10 additional unreleased demos, remixes and freestyles.

In addition to the 20th anniversary project, Nas will embark on a U.S. tour performing album in its entirety and it’ll all jump off with a special performance at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in D.C. on March 28 and 29, then the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in April.

Nas said of the original album, “With Illmatic, I didn’t think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I’m a man from that past and I’m supremely grateful. There’s a Nigerian proverb ‘What is past is prologue.’ I’m here today because of ‘Illmatic.’

 Here’s a look at the ‘Illmatic XX’ Tracklist

Disc 1: Remastered original album

1. ‘The Genesis’
2. ‘N.Y. State Of Mind’
3. ‘Life’s A Bitch’
4. ‘The World Is Yours’
5. ‘Halftime’
6. ‘Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)’
7. ‘One Love’
8. ‘One Time 4 Your Mind’
9. ‘Represent’
10. ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’

Disc 2: Demos, Remixes & Live Radio

1. ‘I’m A Villain’ (previously unreleased)
2. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)
3. ‘Halftime’ (Butcher Remix)
4. ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ (Remix)(promo single)
5. ‘One Love’ (LG Main Mix)
6. ‘Life’s A Bitch’ (Arsenal Mix)(promo single)
7. ‘One Love’ (One L Main Mix)
8. ‘The World Is Yours’ (Tip Mix)
9. ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ (The Stink Mix)(UK single)
10. ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ (The Laidback Remix)(UK single)

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