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Kennedy Center Hires Q-Tip as ‘Artistic Director for Hip Hop Culture’

DJ/Producer Q-Tip attends the SOLS launch party for the new SOLS Flex on October 1, 2015 in New York City. SOLS Flex are bespoke 3D-printed insoles. #BeUnstoppable
DJ/Producer Q-Tip attends the SOLS launch party for the new SOLS Flex on October 1, 2015 in New York City. SOLS Flex are bespoke 3D-printed insoles. #BeUnstoppable

*The Kennedy Center is making permanent room for hip hop.

Following up Kendrick Lamar’s critically-acclaimed performance with the National Symphony Orchestra last year, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that former A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip has been named its artistic director for hip hop culture.

The announcement was made as the Kennedy Center released details of the more than 2,000 performances that will be staged there during the 2016-2017 season.

It was also announced that hip hop will be added to the center’s core programming.

 

Watch a clip from Kendrick Lamar’s Kennedy Center performance below:

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