Q-Tip Becomes The Artistic Director For Hip Hop Culture At The Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center (JFK Center) for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. is one of the nation’s largest performing arts venues.  Tribe Called Quest co-founder Q-Tip has recently taken on the responsibility of Artistic Director.  He plans to bring relevant hip-hop content to the JFK Center working with innovative arts organization Hi-ARTS.  For 15 years, Hi-ARTS has been an incubator and platform for urban artists and innovators.  Teamed up with Q-Tip and the JFK Center, they will explore the following elements of hip-hop: emceeing, deejaying, breaking, graffiti, and knowledge of self.

“We see hip hop in our films, we see it in our commercials, we hear it everywhere. We cannot escape that beat,” he said. “That beat, that pulse is what we’re going to connect to at the Kennedy Center.” – Q-Tip from ABC News

Last year Kenrdick Lamar performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, at the JFK Center.  This was probably just a preview of what to expect from the performance direction of Q-Tip.  Congrats King!

Kennedy Center Washington DC

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Here’s a list of the shows to expect 2016-2017 |

The 2016-2017 Hip Hop Culture Series is as followed:

July 12-16, 2016 — Brave New Voices Youth Summit
October 12-16, 2016 — All the Way Live!
November 3-5, 2016 — Words, Beats & Life Teach-In
November 5, 2016 — Top Notch
May 23, 2017 — DJ Spooky: Rebirth of a Nation
June 5-11, 2017 — /peh-LO-tah/


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