Ice-T, Public Enemy, Naughty By Nature, Mobb Deep, EPMD, the Sugarhill Gang, and Kurtis Blow are scheduled to perform during the Art of Rap Festival Tour, which kicks off July 16th in Dallas, Texas and concludes August 6th.

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The all-star, eight-date trek, which also features Grandmaster Melle Mel, Scorpio and MC Lyte, follows Ice-T’s 2012 documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap and its corresponding 2015 California fest.

Vin Rock of Naughty By Nature talked to The Source and had a few thoughts on what it meant to be on the bill with such legendary Hip Hop acts.


“It feels incredible to tour with the Hip Hop icons I grew up on and grew up with,” Vin says. “This branded festival will definitely grow in the years to come. It’s Hip Hop history.”

Kurtis Blow also weighed in. “Reuniting with old friends is a blessing to my family,” Blow tells The Source. “I get to perform for people again in an attempt to bring joy to some.”

Presented by SiriusXM’s classic Eighties and Nineties Hip Hop station, Backspin, listeners have the chance to purchase pre-sale tickets on Thursday, May 12th, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Art of Rap Festival 2016 Tour Dates

July 16 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Pavilion
July 17 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater
July 22 – Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
July 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas
July 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater
July 31 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 5 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 6 – Detroit, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre