The ART OF RAP Network is the brainchild of Ice-T and Hip Hop Entrepreneur Mickey Bentson, launched as a digital extension to the highly successful debut of the ART OF RAP Music Festival. The network features a massive library of video content tracing the history of the history of Hip Hop, together with breaking news, performances, and exclusive interviews.
The ART OF RAP Music Festival took place Saturday, July 18 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA. The Live Nation event was conceived by Mickey Bentson and SGE founder John Reese as an extension to the critically acclaimed documentary film “The Art Of Rap” directed by Ice T. The ART OF RAP Music Festival featured performances by a who’s who of the history of Rap & Hip Hop.
“Hip Hop is crucial to many people’s lives and The Art Of Rap is the true game of Hip Hop! Zulu Nation forever.” — Mickey Bentson (CO-Founder of The Universal Zulu Nation)
“Hip Hop is the most powerful and influential cultural movement since Rock and Roll. A TRUE art form that deserves RESPECT… and now has a home base on the ART OF RAP Network.”– Ice T
Exclusive interviews with artists performing at the ART OF RAP Music festival are now available on the ART OF RAP Network (www.artofrap.org), including Ice T, The Game, Xzibit, Big Daddy Kane, Afrika Bambaataa and The Soulsonic Force, Warren G, Rapper’s Delight, Kurtis Blow, Doug E Fresh, DJ Quik, Kool Moe Dee, King T, Grand Master Melle Mel, Tha Alkaholiks, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, EPMD, Cold Crush Brothers, and Ras Kass.
The launch of the ART OF RAP Network was sponsored by Universal Pictures’ release “Straight Outta Compton” that tells the story of how controversial rap act NWA revolutionized music and pop culture, which premiers in theaters nationwide Friday, August 15th.
“Launching video networks for our festival brands is an exciting new way to service music fans and extend reach for our brand partners beyond the physical events.” — Synergy Global Entertainment founder, John Reese
“The ART OF RAP Network provides a home for the massive amount of available video content these artists have been shooting over the past 20 years, but is currently not ready accessible to their fans.” — Ken Mayer, CEO of GTV Corporation
GTV is currently working IFAN Financial, Inc. (OTC PINK: IFAN), a designer, developer, and distributor of software to enable mobile payments, to integrate IFAN’s virtual banking and payments systems into the GTV Platform, which will enable artists to sell merchandise and music directly to their fans. IFAN Financial’s President and CEO, J. Christopher Mizer, stated, “IFAN brings to the table a detailed knowledge and experience of the mobile payments space, and GTV has an extensive knowledge of digital media and the entertainment trends that will drive mobile usage into the future.” Ken Mayer stated, “IFAN provides additional capabilities and sources of revenues for our partners operating networks on the GTV Platform. A true merging of content and commerce is the future.”