Kennedy Center Welcomes Hip Hop Culture

BY JASMINE JACKSON 

The Kennedy Center has decided to make hip hop one of the pillars of its 2016 programming schedule. On Tuesday, the Kennedy Center named rapper Q-Tip its first artistic director of hip-hop culture.

Q-Tip is the founding member of New York City hip-hop pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, which is expected to start performances this summer at the Kennedy Center. Q-Tip said he is dedicated to bringing a dynamic new program to the Kennedy Center that will bring the transformative power of hip hop to auciences locally and nationally. 

The Kennedy Center brought Q-Tip on board following the tremendous success of first-time performer Kendrick Lamar's show with the National Symphony Orchestra back in October.