Q-Tip Named Artistic Director Of Kennedy Center Hip-Hop Council

Q-Tip Named Artistic Director Of Kennedy Center Hip-Hop Council

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has named Q-Tip the artistic director and advisor-at-large of its new Hip-Hop Culture Council.

In a video introducing the council, the influential rapper and A Tribe Called Quest member talked about his goals as director.

“With hip-hop constantly changing and evolving, it is easy to forget the history and legacy that preceded it,” said the emcee, who has served as the Hip-Hop Culture Center’s artistic director since 2016. “I want to begin at the beginning of the culture and help people see its roots, better understand its present, and responsibly create its future.”

Q-Tip explained that the council collective “reflects the creative, social, and intellectual wealth of the Hip-Hop community. The members are the embodiment of what we stand for and all that we aspire to achieve with the Hip Hop Culture program.”

 In a video published by The Kennedy Center introducing the council, Q-Tip explains that “you can’t run [hip-hop] by yourself; you need people you can dialogue, exchange, and build with…and that can be said for pretty much any kind of industry.”

“We selected people who thrive for excellence, have achieved excellence, and who desires it — not just for themselves — but for people, at large,” he says. “It’s just a must to have that, especially when we’re in this creative realm of trying to put together great programming in an esteemed house like The Kennedy Center.”

According to the center, the intention for the council is to “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.”

The council will also include other legendary hip-hop icons such as Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Bobbito García a.k.a Kool Bob Love, Common, Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Caz, Grant Hill, J.PERIOD, Jason King, Kierna Mayo, Large Professor, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Mimi Valdés, Pharoahe Monch, Robert Glasper, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Xavier “X” Jernigan, and 9th Wonder.

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