The tour was originally called the Chronic 2000 Tour under the pretext of Dr.
Dre's to-be-released collaborative album The Chronic 2000 (later renamed),
with Snoop Dogg stating "Yeah, me, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Xzibit, Proof, Warren G,
and Nate Dogg," in September 1999. By April 2000, Ice Cube was on board as
part of the tour, which was slated for a June 15 start in San Diego. MC Ren,
one time MC of N.W.A, was expected to join the tour in order to have reunited
version of N.W.A along with Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg. Come May
the tour was officially known as the Up In Smoke Tour, and Dr. Dre was
promising fans "It's gonna be incredible. We're gonna give everybody that's
been buying our records a real show, something they've never seen before."
By June, the month which the tour began in, plans were finalized with Kurupt
joining the tour. It was decided that he would start the opening set which would
be followed by Warren G and Xzibit, then Ice Cube would take the third spot whilst
Eminem would take the fourth set. Dr. Dre would be the final set with collaborations
including Snoop Dogg and the N.W.A reunion taking place during this segment.
Also, surprise guests were promised during various shows.
In June 2008., Aftermath Entertainment artist Bishop Lamont said to expect another
Up In Smoke Tour when Dr. Dre's final studio album, Detox finally drops. Expected
people to tour are: G-Unit, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and other Aftermath artists.