Like her hit song “Be Careful” suggests, Cardi B announced that she had to drop out from supporting Bruno Mars on the last leg of his highly successful 24K Magic Tour. She was instructed by doctors to rest after giving birth earlier this month and tend to her motherly instinct, literally doing it for her Kulture.

Which sets the stage for us to play booking agent and suitable Hip Hop options who Bruno should “finesse” as a Cardi B replacement.

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Travis Scott

Embed from Getty ImagesThis is a natural fit for Travis and Bruno. The 24K Magic Tour is the perfect platform to promote his Astroworld project, one of DX’s most anticipated albums for the rest of 2018, which is slated for its release this Friday (August 3). Bruno and La Flame can only help each other’s credibility and sales in the pop and Hip Hop audiences that they respectively have on lock. With the exception of Travis co-headlining the Rolling Loud Festival in Oakland, California on September 15th, he can pick up most of that month’s 24K Magic Tour dates with Bruno. Plus, Travis can use much of October to promote Astroworld by performing solo shows in early October in his home state of Texas, and then join Bruno on October 15th for three 24K Magic shows in Dallas, and then finish the tour with Bruno in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

DJ Khaled

Embed from Getty ImagesThere is always something new in the works for DJ Khaled to remind us of his omnipresence. This year it’s his upcoming follow-up album The Father of Asad, which he teased last week with the impending album’s single “No Brainer” which features Quavo, Chance The Rapper, and Justin Bieber. Khaled is currently opening for JAY-Z and Beyonce for their OTR2 Tour through October 4. This leaves Khaled’s traveling schedule wide open after that date through November to jump onboard with Bruno’s tour. With bombastic personality and his slews of hits under his belt, who better than Khaled to hype up the crowd for Bruno’s headlining set? [apple_news_ad type=”standard”]

Chance The Rapper

Embed from Getty ImagesThis fall season will be a big one for Lil Chano after he drops his forthcoming album that is said to be exclusively produced by Kanye West. It will be his first release since HipHopDX’s 2016 Album of the Year, Coloring Book. Earlier this month, he already offered a taste of what’s coming down the pike to his fans with four loosies. With Bruno’s showmanship, fans would love to see him and Chance do a live rendition of the crowd-pleasing “No Problems” and more impromptu performances together.

Rae Sremmurd

Embed from Getty ImagesThe “Black Beatles” rappers have so many radio-friendly hits that balance of attitude, positivity, and raw energy for people of all ages to party. All of Bruno Mars’ songs are feel-good pop that stretches across various genres, invoking a sense of nostalgia, uptempo swing for dancing, and contagious exuberance. Plus, Rae Sremmurd has their latest album Sr3mm that was released in May that they are promoting as a supporting act for Childish Gambino’s This Is America Tour this September. With their open calendar after that month, Swae Lee and Jxmmi have a chance to possibly convert more of Bruno’s fans to the ways of SremmLife. Just imagine Swae Lee and Bruno singing a medley of their memorable hooks onstage. Priceless.


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The Rap God has had a busy year touring around the world to promote his Revival album which none of y’all liked. After performing headlining sets at Coachella in April, a slew of other festivals, and completing the European dates of his tour this month, Em still has a great opportunity to pick up some more shows on Bruno’s tour. All three of his albums released this decade (Revival included), are filled with guest spots from the biggest names in pop music. Since Em being one of the biggest selling artists in history, and Bruno sitting atop of the music industry’s food chain, this can only mean more ticket sales, and more exclusive performances from the two onstage together. (Their 2011 collaboration, “Lighters,” peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 100 and No. 1 on the US Rhythmic Chart.)

Plus, in September, there is a Detroit concert which would be a hometown show, and could mean setting social media on fire with Bruno’s masterful instrumentation and singing the hooks for Em’s greatest hits and encore performances of “Lose Yourself,” “Not Afraid,” and “Till I Collapse.”

As for Cardi’s actual successor, Bruno isn’t spilling the details just yet.

Who’s your pick?

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