Ice-T is adding festival promoter to his long list of job titles. The OG rapper announced the first ever Art Of Rap Festival that he and SiriusXM are partnering for this summer.
Ice-T and his manager Mickey Bentson are creating a lane for veteran artists to show why they’ve lasted this long in the game with the Art of Rap Festival.
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 Gangand Kurtis Blow and hosted by Chiefrocker Busy Bee, among others.
The Art Of Rap festival is the latest in a string of Hip-Hop tours catering to fans of the music that came out in the 1980s and 1990s. The Legends of Hip-Hop and Legends Of Southern of Hip-Hop have gained popularity in recent years by featuring acts that aren’t necessarily “old school” in the sense of Sugarhill Gang, but instead, moreso in the range of YO! MTV Raps and Rap City era Hip-Hop.
Bentson himself just announced that Doug E. Fresh will be joining the show when it stops in Austin, Tex. See the flyer below for all of the dates.