People think the life of a music artist on tour is glamorous, but it can be a serious grind. Our cast share the highs and lows of the road life, and mention some painful lessons they had to learn the hard way. As part of Complex's Get Money initiative, the eight-part series Rules to This Sh*t covers the trials and tribulations of embarking on a rap career, with words of wisdom from Common, N.O.R.E., Too Short, the late Nipsey Hussle, and more.
For the sixth episode of Rules to This Sh*t, “Road Life” offers a deeper look into touring, one of the most important aspects of being a performing artist. Whether it’s opening at tiny venues, or headlining some of the biggest stadiums in the world, there’s always bound to be complications when it comes to tour life.
“Life on the road is a major part of being in the music industry,” Too Short explained. “When you’re out there, it’s not fun and fucking games. Being out on tour, being rich and famous and rapping and singing… it’s hard work.” Touring can be exhausting, especially when it’s important to expect the unexpected. “Unregistered firearms on tour… I’m gonna be totally honest Lil Pump robbed some guy for 150 Xanax right before we went on tour,” revealed No Jumper founder Adam22. “I got robbed in Miami,” added producer and rapper D-Dot.
But for all the bad experiences, there’s plenty of upside. Whether it’s meeting and connecting with fans, or simply seeing more of the world, there’s opportunity to enjoy traveling. “My first tour was overseas, that was super fun,” said Dreezy. “When we went to Barcelona, they had palm trees. I was like, ‘This is like L.A.!’ That was lit, super super lit.”
Watch the sixth episode of Rules to This Sh*t above.