Q-Tip To Lead Kennedy Center’s New Hip Hop Culture Council

blame it on Meka March 7, 2018

Back in 2016, Q-Tip was appointed Artistic Director for Hip Hop Culture for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Kamaal would be a curator at the Washington, DC center which explore hp hop’s culture via its five pillars: emceeing, deejaying, breaking, graffiti, and knowledge of self.

The Kennedy Center has now announced the creation of a Hip Hop Culture Council, and Tip has now been tapped to be its lead advisor.

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

“Serving as advisors and ambassadors, the founding council members form a dynamic community of prominent visionaries who will lend their talents and expertise in support of Hip Hop Culture at the Kennedy Center” the statement continues. “Beginning this Spring, members of the Council will lend their voices and ideas to help create, experiment, develop, and produce work at the Center.”

The council members will be

  • Questlove
  • Bobbito García
  • Common
  • Fab 5 Freddy
  • Grandmaster Caz
  • Grant Hill
  • J.Period
  • Jason King, Ph.D.
  • Kierna Mayo
  • Large Professor
  • LL Cool J
  • MC Lyte
  • Pharoahe Monch
  • Mimi Valdés
  • Robert Glasper
  • Black Thought
  • Xavier “X” Jernigan
  • 9th Wonder

In related news, A Tribe Called Quest is teaming with Pharrell‘s Billionaire Boys Club line for a capsule collection to celebrate the release of their short film/music video, “The Space Program,” off their 2016 album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service​. Tabbed as the group’s last-ever music video, Q-Tip hinted at it as early as September 2017. Both the video and capsule collection will debut on Apple Music March 13th.

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