Kennedy Center Announces Hip Hop Culture Council and Q-Tip as Director

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The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts has announced their Hip Hop Culture Council. The council consists of several hip hop legends, including rapper Q-Tip as the Council’s inaugural Artistic Director.

“The Kennedy Center’s Hip Hop Culture Council reflects the creative, social, and intellectual wealth of the Hip-Hop community,” Q-Tip said. He continued, “The members are the embodiment of what we stand for and all that we aspire to achieve with the Hip Hop Culture program.”

The council includes rap icons like, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Common, 9th Wonder, Fab 5 Freddy, Mimi Valdés, Grandmaster Caz, and LL Cool J, who recently became the first rapper to receive a Kennedy Center Honor.

The Hip Hop Culture Council purpose is to, “help the Kennedy Center create new pathways and deepen public knowledge of Hip Hop, contribute to broader Center-wide initiatives, and strengthen the burgeoning Hip Hop Culture program at the Kennedy Center.”

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