As Chamillionaire’s mixtape Major Pain drops today, the Houston rapper is already thinking about tours. This spring, he’ll be hitting the road with his buddy Paul Wall, kicking it off at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, on March 17.
Part of the show and mixtape is Cham’s way of overriding what he calls “industry politics.”
“I felt it was time to take it back to the original grind that made these major companies pay attention in the first place,” Cham said in a statement. “I don’t think there is any reason why any artist with real knowledge of independent hustle should sit and wait for any major system to work for them. But because I am signed to a major recording label, there are still a lot of things that I would like to be able to do that I’m not really allowed to do. Politics in this business often stand between a creative mind and the grind but I’m going to try my best to feed my fans without getting into too much trouble.”
Cham and Paul Wall plan to make stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Houston and several other cities. Confirmed dates for the tour have not been finalized. Cham explained that the outing is strictly for the fans.
“The lack of marketing and promo budgets in a weak economy isn’t going to keep me from touring to different cities and releasing music to fans that still demand it,” he said. “That’s why I decided to start the Major Pain series and tour with Paul. It’s what the fans want.” —Linda Hobbs