“SiriusXM Backspin Presents The Art of Rap Festival,” a nationwide tour featuring an impressive lineup of legendary rappers and hip-hop artists, will make its thrilling Las Vegas stop at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) on Saturday, July 23 (Pictured: Naughty by Nature).
“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, the Las Vegas lineup is impressive and includes performances by Public Enemy, The Sugar Hill Gang, Naughty by Nature, Mobb Deep, Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio, EPMD, and Kurtis Blow and is hosted by Chief Rocker Busy Bee.
“‘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.”
According to Ice T, “Hip-hop is the most powerful and influential cultural movement since rock and roll. A true art form that deserves respect.”
Mickey Bentson of Pay Up Management said, “Hip-hop is crucial to many people’s lives and ‘The Art of Rap’ is the true game of hip-hop!”
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.