Held exclusively in Passage, the first-of-its-kind festival will feature the exclusive release of Rap Is A Martial Art’s new project “Knostalgia,” with appearances and performances by Martial Club, RZA, Cory Gunz, Mickey Factz, and more.

Passage, a platform for creating and connecting Metaverse experiences, today announced Knostalgia, a hip-hop and martial arts festival in partnership with rapper Philippe Prosper, better known as “Rap Is A Martial Art.” 

Hosted in Passage with 3D video chat and spatialized audio, the virtual event will feature the exclusive release and performance of Rap Is A Martial Art’s new project “Knostalgia” on Feb. 25, 2023.

The Knostalgia lineup will feature performances, talks and appearances by prominent hip-hop and martial artists, including:

“It’s been a long-time dream of mine to merge the worlds of hip-hop and martial arts in one event,” said Rap Is A Martial Art. “The Passage team shares my disruptive, out-of-the-box DNA. With top-notch 3D aesthetics and an unparalleled vision, they were the ideal partner and right hand to bring this experience to life. Hosting Knostalgia in the Passage Metaverse is allowing us to create a one-of-a kind event with global reach, while maintaining a personal touch and delivering high artistic value.”

The brainchild of the rapper and former International Kung Fu Grand Champion, Knostalgia is a first-of-its-kind event merging the worlds of hip-hop and martial arts in an immersive virtual environment. 

Fans interested in attending the festival can join the waitlist for tickets on the site.

“As Martial Club, we have long prided ourselves in being on the cutting edge of martial arts in cinema,” said Daniel Mah, co-founder of Martial Club. “We are excited to work with Passage and Rap Is A Martial Art to contribute to a future where martial arts and hip-hop can be experienced on a whole new level in a virtual space. Innovation is key to the survival and evolution of our art form, and we believe the Metaverse is the platform on which we can elevate it to the highest level.”

Knostalgia is hosted exclusively in Passage, a platform for building and connecting virtual and physical experiences. Attendees can join the festival via their internet browser on any device thanks to Passage’s in-browser streaming and 3D communication infrastructure. Passage is built with Unreal Engine 5, enabling high-end, real-time 3D graphics and immersive visuals.

This news follows the recent appointment of Passage CEO Caleb Applegate, a Web3 and entertainment industry veteran who is currently leading a $9.2 million private sale of the project’s native PASG token. To date, the team behind Passage has worked with leading brands like Capitol Records, Amazon Studios and American Girl to host custom experiences using Passage technology.

Philippe Prosper (aka Rap Is A Martial Art), Martial Club co-founder Daniel Mah and Passage founder and chief marketing officer Lex Avellino are available for interviews upon request.

About Passage

Passage is an ecosystem for building and connecting virtual and physical experiences in the Metaverse. Built on Cosmos, Passage is blockchain agnostic and offers a suite of tools to make the Metaverse more accessible: in-browser streaming, cross-world commerce for fungible tokens and NFTs, and 3D communication infrastructure. The Passage ecosystem is fueled by PASG, the native utility token used in Passage worlds. For more information, visit the site.

About Rap Is A Martial Art

Philippe Prosper, better known as Rap Is A Martial Art, is an American rapper and writer. With his gritty, rhyme-heavy, martial arts-themed work, Rap Is A Martial art has often been compared to the Wu-Tang Clan, praised by Wu World Radio and Redman for his lyrical skill and illustrious martial arts heritage. An enigma in the full sense of the word, he bounces seamlessly between the worlds of old school hip-hop lyricism to melody-focused, rhyme-saturated, nostalgic pop singles. For more information, visit his website.

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