Ice-T, SiriusXM Announce 'The Art Of Rap Festival' With Old-School Lineup
May 9, 2016 at 12:10 PM (PT)
PUBLIC ENEMY, ICE-T, NAUGHTY BY NATURE, MOBB DEEP, GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL & SCORPIO, EPMD, THE SUGARHILL GANG and KURTIS BLOW are the headliners on ICE-T and MICKEY BENTSON's "SIRIUSXM BACKSPIN Presents The Art Of Rap Festival," a nationwide tour, kicking off on SATURDAY, JULY 16th in DALLAS, TX. Hosting will be CHIEFROCKER BUSY BEE.
The tour follows ICE-T's critically acclaimed 2012 documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap" and the festival which was successful in ORANGE COUNTY, CA, and the BAY AREA. BACKSPIN is SIRIUSXM’s channel playing classic hip-hop from the '80s and '90s.
SIRIUSXM SVP Promotions, Event Marketing And Talent Relations ROSS ZAPIN commented: “'The Art of Rap Festival’ gives SIRIUSXM an opportunity to celebrate hip-hop music with events featuring some of its most influential powerhouse artists. We are thrilled to present this tour to hip-hop fans everywhere and listeners across the country. This is going to be one to remember.”
Added ICE-T: “Hip-hop is the most powerful and influential cultural movement since rock and roll. A true art form that deserves respect.”
PAY UP MANAGEMENT's MICKEY BENTSON said: “Hip-hop is crucial to many people’s lives and 'The Art of Rap' is the true game of hip-hop!"
SIRIUSXM listeners will have the chance to purchase tickets to the tour before they go on sale to the general public. The presale will start on THURSDAY, MAY 12th at 10a local time and end at 10p local time. For more information, go to www.siriusxm.com/artofrappresale.
Beginning MAY 13th at 4p (ET), SIRIUSXM subscribers since APRIL 28th 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 FESTIVAL on JULY 29th at CONEY ISLAND AMPHITHEATER and the opportunity to meet select artists. See Official Rules for complete details which will be at www.siriusxm.com/TheArtofRap.
2016 TOUR DATES
JULY 16th: GEXA PAVILION (DALLAS, TX)
JULY 17th: AUSTIN 360 AMPHITHEATER (AUSTIN, TX)
JULY 22nd: PALLADIUM (HOLLYWOOD, CA)
JULY 23rd: DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS (LAS VEGAS, NV)
JULY 29th: CONEY ISLAND AMPHITHEATER (BROOKLYN, NY)
JULY 31st: AARON’S AMPHITHEATRE AT LAKEWOOD (ATLANTA, GA)
AUGUST 5th: HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE (CHICAGO, IL)
AUGUST 6th: FREEDOM HILL AMPHITHEATRE (DETROIT, MI)