Rap newcomers Asher Roth and Kid Cudi are setting off on their first co-headlining tour this summer. The two Universal Motown artists will hit 19 cities around the U.S. as part of the Great Hangover Tour with support from B.O.B., an Atlanta-based rapper. Labelmates Pac Div will be on the bill for 11 of the dates, and the other eight will be treated to additional support from 88 Keys.
Roth, who released his highly-anticipated "Asleep In The Bread Aisle" debut on April 20th, has sold 121,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart the week of release.
"It's exciting - for me it's like, this is the first step for me on the road," Roth told Billboard. "We've been doing promo runs, but not a real tour yet." Roth also looks forward to playing summer festivals like the Roots' Picnic in Philadelphia and opening on select dates of Blink-182's tour in September.
As for the morning after his shows, "the trick is to drink two 8 oz. glasses of water and you'll never have a hangover," Roth says of his personal cure. "However, when this tour goes down, if you don't have a hangover when you come out of my show then you didn't fully experience the Great Hangover Tour."
Roth plans to release "Be By Myself" featuring Cee-Lo as his second single instead of another favorite from his "Bread Aisle" debut, "She Don't Want a Man" featuring Keri Hilson. "My first single has a lot of mass appeal to it," he said. "I did that on purpose. I wanted to build my foundation, but now I want people to really understand who I am."
"Right now there's one sound on the radio -- Lady GaGa, Black Eyed Peas, Flo Rida -- we need something else that people can start to gravitate towards."
As previously reported, Kid Cudi's debut, "The Man On The Moon With The Guardians," is slated for a late August release. His single, "Day N' Nite," peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 and has sold 540,000 digital downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.