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Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, And More Announce Joint "Mixtape Tour"

The tour will run for three months in the spring and summer of 2019. 

Talk about a blast from the past.

Legendary groups, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, and New Kids on the Block are hitting the road for an epic, joint tour. The artists have announced their plans to embark on the North American "Mixtape Tour" next year.

The popular groups will also be joined by singer-songwriters, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. The Mixtape Tour will run for three months, stopping in 53 North American cities. It will kick off on May 2, 2019 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, running through major cities like Las Vegas, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, and Detroit. It will later conclude in Hollywood at the Hard Rock Event Center on July 14.

To celebrate the exciting trek, New Kids on the Block released a new track, entitled "80s Baby," featuring tour-mates, Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty By Nature

Tickets for The Mixtape Tour will go on sale this Friday (Oct. 12) at Ticketmaster. Online pre-sale for American Express Card members begins this Tuesday (Oct. 9). Check out the full tour schedule below.

The Mixtape Tour
Thursday, May 2, 2019, Cincinnati, U.S. Bank Arena

Saturday, May 4, 2019, Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena

Sunday, May 5, 2019, Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Kansas City, Sprint Center

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, St. Louis, Enterprise Center

Thursday, May 9, 2019, Nashville, Bridgestone Arena

Friday, May 10, 2019, Memphis, FedEx Forum

Saturday, May 11, 2019, New Orleans, Smoothie King Center

Monday, May 13, 2019, Corpus Christi, American Bank Center

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Houston, Toyota Center

Thursday, May 16, 2019 San Antonio, AT&T Center

Friday, May 17, 2019, Dallas, American Airlines Center

Saturday, May 18, 2019, Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, El Paso, UTEP Don Haskins Center

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Phoenix, Talking Stick Resort Arena

Thursday, May 23, 2019, San Diego, Viejas Arena

Friday, May 24, 2019, Anaheim, Honda Center

Saturday, May 25, 2019, Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Events Center

Sunday, May 26, 2019, Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Bakersfield, Rabobank Arena

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, San Jose, SAP Center

Thursday, May 30, 2019, Sacramento, Golden 1 Center

Saturday, June 1, 2019, Tacoma, Tacoma Dome

Sunday, June 2, 2019, Portland, Moda Center

Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Boise, Taco Bell Arena

Thursday, June 6, 2019, Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena

Friday, June 7, 2019, Denver, Pepsi Center

Saturday, June 8, 2019, Lincoln, Pinnacle Bank Arena

Sunday, June 9, 2019, Des Moines, Wells Fargo Arena

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, St. Paul, Xcel Energy Center

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Milwaukee, Fiserv Forum

Thursday, June 13, 2019, Grand Rapids, Van Andel Arena

Friday, June 14, 2019, Rosemont, Allstate Arena

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Detroit, Little Caesars Arena

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Toronto, Scotiabank Arena

Friday, June 21, 2019, Buffalo, KeyBank Center

Saturday, June 22, 2019, Columbus, Schottenstein Center

Sunday, June 23, 2019, Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena

Thursday, June 27, 2019, Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

Friday, June 28, 2019, Boston, TD Garden

Sunday, June 30, 2019, Uniondale, Nassau Coliseum

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, Newark, Prudential Center

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, Uncasville, Mohegan Sun Arena

Friday, July 5, 2019, Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Saturday, July 6, 2019, Hershey, Hersheypark Stadium

Sunday, July 7, 2019, Raleigh, PNC Arena

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, Charlotte, Spectrum Center

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Greenville, Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Thursday, July 11, 2019, Atlanta, State Farm Arena

Friday, July 12, 2019, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

Saturday, July 13, 2019, Orlando, Amway Center

Sunday, July 14, 2019, Hollywood, Hard Rock Event Center

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VIBE: With you producing at a young age, did you have support from your family?

Ebenezer: I'm a London boy but my parents are originally from Nigeria. They were on the run from immigration at one point but after things calmed down there was a big focus on education. They were like, "No you, can't. Education first." There would be big arguments and fights but eventually, I chose music. Or maybe it chose me? I started working and producing while on the phone with artists and things came together.

But I owe everything to my mum because she is the biggest cheerleader I've ever had. This woman had three kids and did everything to get by. She held it down. I had cousins who called immigration on us and they're supposed to be family–immigration comes kicking open the door and raiding the house. So I believe that the blessings I'm getting now are from God and our prayers.

What do you enjoy the most: producing/engineering or writing? 

I don't know if I can choose. I just use different parts of my brain for producing and writing. It is fun to split them up and bring them together at times.

What's your voice in R&B today? 

From childhood to the present, I've been in piece of s**t relationships and my songs reflect that. It's not be being vindictive to my exes. I take full responsibility for the things I've done and I try to be honest as I can in my music. The worst thing I could do is be one-sided.

There's that aspect of accountability missing in R&B these days so I get it. How is creating R&B-pop music for K-Pop artists? You worked with SuperM recently and it seems like they really enjoy the era of 2000s R&B. 

It's easier because they let you do whatever you want. You want a variety of harmonies because there's a lot of people in one group. But I like creating for K-Pop artists because you're able to let every individual stand out and have their own moment. It's dope they're adopting that sound.

Who are some of your inspirations? 

Kanye West for sure. My brother was a big hip hop head so I grew up on Rakim, Big L, Big Pun, Tupac, Biggie, Jay Z, Wu-Tang, but my decade has the Drakes and the Kanyes, so they were my biggest inspirations. College Dropout was the album that had me say, "I'm doing this music thing, I don't care."

My sister is a big R&B fan. She played a lot of Jagged Edge, Jodeci, stuff like that. So I was lucky to have the hip hop side and the R&B side presented to me all at once.

In addition to love and relationships, what else drives your creative process? 

It comes in stages for me. I like to make projects with a theme. For example, 53 Sundays was a project about growing up in London as an immigrant and the adversity we experienced racism and gang violence. It's how I overcame it and how my family dealt with it.

There's a lot of self-love in those songs because nothing is free, especially coming from having nothing. You have the Bad Romantic projects that are pretty self-explanatory in the title [Laughs]. I'm going to make it all tell a story so when you look back at the projects, it's a timeline and you'll see who I am.

What makes a "Bad Romantic and a "Good Romantic?" 

My exes are bad romantics. [Laughs]

So it's their fault? 

Nah, my exes would say there are some things that I'm good at and some things I'm terrible at. There are different love languages and what someone may require, I might not speak it. I like to provide gifts because growing up with nothing, you never want to see anyone without.

But I struggle with time because I'm always working and they had it. I have this thing called "The Okay Attitude." You can write me a novel in a text and I'll say, okay. Life expectancy for us is low as it is and we spend most of our time arguing about trivial things so if that's how you feel, that's how you feel.

And a "Good Romantic?"

Being attentive, caring, not being so selfish. I don't know, everyone is different. Some people require a lot. They say, "Shower me with gifts." But others say, "I just want your time, whenever you can afford it."

Unfortunately, I can't afford it.

What do you want listeners to get from your music?

That I'm just a bad romantic that's trying to better himself.

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