Hip-hop has been at the center of our collective culture for ages now. It's strange to think of live hip-hop on a large scale as being a recent development, but the truth is that even the most revered rap acts of the 90s rarely toured. The possibility of violence was deemed too great for most venues to get performance insurance for hip-hop concerts, and only the least threatening acts (think MC Hammer and Cypress Hill) ever took the stage in middle America.

Boy, how times have changed. The march of progress rolls on with the recent announcement of Young Jeezy's Spring concert series, an outing the rapper has dubbed "The Hustlerz Ambition Tour". The trek is in support of the recently released "Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition", which was originally announced in 2009, but has seen more than a dozen release dates come and go before finally seeing the light of day in late December. The record is sort of the hip-hop "Chinese Democracy".

No word has been released about whether any of the numerous guest stars that appear on the album will be accompanying Young Jeezy on any of the dates, but with a guest list that includes such notable stars as Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Trick Daddy, Jadakiss, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Freddie Gibbs, Mitchelle'l and Future, it seems likely that someone will be along for the ride. Get ready, Quebec.

Young Jeezy Spring Tour Dates:

March 3 Washington DC Fillmore

March 4 New York, NY Irving Plaza

March 5 Boston, MA House of Blues

March 6 Hartford, CT The Dome

March 8 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts

March 9 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's

March 10 Detroit, MI Fillmore

March 11 Cleveland, OH House of Blues

March 12 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room

March 13 Chicago, IL (TBA)

March 20 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

March 21 San Diego, CA House of Blues

March 22 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues

March 24 San Francisco, CA (TBA)

March 27 Seattle, WA Neptune

March 28 Vancouver, B.C. Gossip Nightclub

March 29 Edmonton, Alb. Edmonton Events Centre

March 30 Calgary, Alb. Flames Central

March 31 Saskatoon, Sask. The Odeon Theatre

April 1 Winnipeg, Man. The Pantages Theatre

April 5 Toronto, Ont. Sound Academy

April 6 Montreal, Que. Olympia Theatre