- IMPRESSIVE LINEUP OF LEGENDARY RAPPERS AND HIP-HOP ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR U.S. NATIONALTOUR
- CONFIRMED ARTISTS INCLUDE PUBLIC ENEMY, ICE-T, NAUGHTY BY NATURE, MOBB DEEP,
- GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL & SCORPIO, EPMD, THE SUGARHILL GANG,
- KURTIS BLOW, hosted by CHIEFROCKER BUSY BEE
NEW YORK – May 9, 2016 – Ice-T and Mickey Bentson today announced “SiriusXM Backspin Presents The Art of Rap Festival,” a nationwide tour featuring an impressive lineup of legendary rappers and hip-hop artists kicking off on Saturday, July 16, 2016 with its first concert taking place in Dallas, Texas.
SiriusXM Backspin Presents The Art of Rap Festival follows Ice-T’s critically acclaimed 2012 documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap and the festival which played to massive crowds in Orange County, California and the Bay Area. Backspin is SiriusXM’s channel playing classic hip-hop from the 80s and 90s.
True to the documentary and the 2015 festival, this year’s lineup is impressive and scheduled to include performances by Public Enemy, Ice-T,Naughty by Nature, Mobb Deep, Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio, EPMD, The Sugarhill Gang and Kurtis Blow and hosted by Chiefrocker Busy Bee, among others.
“‘SiriusXM Backspin Presents The Art of Rap Festival’ gives SiriusXM an opportunity to celebrate hip-hop music with events featuring some of its most influential powerhouse artists,” said Ross Zapin, Senior Vice President, Promotions, Event Marketing and Talent Relations, SiriusXM. “We are thrilled to present this tour to hip-hop fans everywhere and SiriusXM listeners across the country. ‘The Art of Rap Festival’ is going to be one to remember.”
“Hip-hop is the most powerful and influential cultural movement since rock and roll. A true art form that deserves respect,” said Ice T.
“Hip-hop is crucial to many people’s lives and “The Art of Rap” is the true game of Hip-hop! ” said Mickey Bentson of Pay Up Management
SiriusXM listeners will have the chance to purchase tickets to SiriusXM Backspin Presents The Art of Rap Festival before they go on sale to the general public. The SiriusXM Presale will start onThursday, May 12 at 10:00 am local time and end Thursday, May, 12 at 10:00 pm local time. For more information, please visit www.siriusxm.com/artofrappresale.
Beginning May 13 at 4:00 pm ET, SiriusXM subscribers since April 28 can enter for the chance to win a trip to New York, including round-trip airfare, two nights’ hotel stay, a pair of VIP tickets to the SiriusXM Backspin Presents The Art of Rap Festival on July 29 at Coney Island Amphitheater, and the opportunity to meet select artists. See Official Rules for complete details which will be atwww.siriusxm.com/TheArtofRap.
2016 TOUR DATES
JULY 16 GEXA PAVILION DALLAS, TX
JULY 17 AUSTIN 360 AMPHITHEATER AUSTIN, TX
JULY 22 PALLADIUM HOLLYWOOD, CA
JULY 23 DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS, NV
JULY 29 CONEY ISLAND AMPHITHEATER BROOKLYN, NY
JULY 31 AARON’S AMPHITHEATRE AT LAKEWOOD ATLANTA, GA
AUGUST 5 HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE CHICAGO, IL
AUGUST 6 FREEDOM HILL AMPHITHEATRE DETROIT, MI
*LINEUPS VARY BY CITY, CHECK WWW.ARTOFRAPFEST.COM FOR ALL INFORMATION
The Art of Rap Festival is the brainchild of Ice-T and Mickey Bentson (hip hop entrepreneurs) and produced by Mickey Bentson and Synergy Global Entertainment.