Looks like congratulations are in order!
The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts just announced that Q-Tip will joining the institution as its first artistic director for hip-hop.
Hip-hop was added to the Center’s core programming this year and there are a series of events planned to engage audiences. Deborah F. Rutter, President of the Kennedy Center, shared in a statement,
“We are proud and excited to be incorporating hip-hop culture into our artistic and educational programs during the 2016–2017 season. The history of hip-hop and its development as an art form, and the complexity and importance of its impact on the arts landscape driving social and cultural awareness, has inspired us to have a more formal connection with our ongoing programming.”
Q-Tip added, “With hip-hop constantly changing and evolving, it is easy to forget the history and legacy that precede it. I want to begin at the beginning of the Culture to help people see its roots, better understand its present, and responsibly create its future.”
Congrats, Q-Tip! Not only is this a big moment for hip-hop, but a much deserved honor for one of its greatest MCs/producers.