(AllHipHop News) In 2012 Ice-T released the Hip Hop documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. The film featured interviews with four dozen rap insiders. Ice-T and Universal Zulu Nation's Mickey Bentson have now tapped many of those same stars for the first annual Art Of Rap Music Festival.
Chief Rocker Busy Bee is set to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the two-day event. The lineup is scheduled to include performances by The Game, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ice T, Afrika Bambaataa and The Soulsonic Force, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Mack 10, Xzibit, Warren G, Rapper's Delight, Kurtis Blow, Too Short, Doug E Fresh, DJ Quik, Kool Moe Dee, King T, Grand Master Melle Mel, Tha Alkaholiks, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, EPMD, Cold Crush Brothers, Ras Kass and other special guests.
“Hip Hop is the most powerful and influential cultural movement since Rock & Roll. A true art form that deserves respect,” states Ice T.
The first Art Of Rap Festival will take place at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California on July 18. The second event will be held at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California on July 19.
The festival will feature two stages and over 25 artists per date (lineups vary by city). Attendees can expect a full festival experience featuring break dancers, live graffiti artists, vendors, an interactive area and more.
“Hip Hop is crucial to many people's lives and the Art Of Rap is the true game of Hip Hop! Zulu Nation forever!” adds Bentson.