“If you haven’t heard of Kid Ink, you’re quickly becoming the minority.” The LA Times on Kid Ink’s My Own Lane which is hitting Europe in a big way.

Last weekend I travelled to Amsterdam for Kings Day and hits from this album were oozing from every corner. Show Me was pumping from nightclub door ways and Iz U Down was booming on canal bridges bringing the street festival to it’s peak.

The Los Angeles rapper’s latest album became #1 on Billboard’s Rap Album Chart, #2 on Top R&B/Hip Hop chart and #3 on both the top 200 and Top Digital Albums Charts. His biggest hit Show Me , a stylish collaboration with Chris Brown went platinum after it sold over one million sales when it was dropped with label Alumni Music Group.

And now Kid Ink has much to my excitement, added a date in Dublin’s Vicar Street for October 13, 2014. The tickets which are on sale now, are priced at a seriously low 23.00euro which definitely will not be happening on his next visit here.

My Own Lane features collaborations with huge industry names like Chris Brown, Pusha T, Meek Mill, Ferg and my personal favourite right now, August Alsina.

My Own Lane was produced by DJ Mustard, Danja, The Runners and more. The vibe of the album is like a darker infusion of Kid Ink’s greatest inspirations, Timbaland and Pharrell. It’s a stunning and fresh production and this is the hottest album drop in hip hop this year.

I’m not expecting miracles from this show. I know it’s not going to be the major sold out hyped up event that was Nicki Minaj’s visit, or the awesome once in a life time sort of gig Jay-Z and Kanye West delivered a couple of years ago, but I’m hoping it won’t be another gig cancelled due to lack of ticket sales as this artist is just a stone’s throw away from becoming THE act in hip hop to pay attention to.

It always takes Europe that one cancelled gig to catch up on the important people in rap!

Kid Ink’s production sound is large enough for an arena or stadium and is almost to broad for the intimate setting of Vicar Street. However a gig this quaint and personal with an artist just about to blow up world wide is a rare treat that will probably never happen again and one to take advantage of.

If you’re into hip hop, you already know every track on the album and probably have tickets already. It’s important we support these new acts that come to Ireland if we want the big shows first when they’ve hit major fame.

Now what I want to know is where’s the after party going to be!