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Kennedy Center Announces Hip Hop Culture Council With Q-Tip, Questlove & Black Thought

Washington, D.C. – The Kennedy Centeris recognizing Hip Hop in a major way with the formation the Hip Hop Culture Council. The council’s founding members include Q-Tip, who serves as its Artistic Director and Advisor-at-Large, Questlove, Black Thought The Roots, MC Lyte, Bobbito Garcia, Fab 5 Freddy andLL Cool J, who was the first rapper ever to be honored by the Kennedy, among others.

An announcement video was posted to The Kennedy Center’s YouTube account featuring Q-Tip speaking about how the council came to be and itscultural relevance.

“When you look at any organization, you can’t run it by yourself,” he says in the video. “You need people you can dialogue with and exchange and build with.Hip Hop in its DNA is about the collaboration. Whether it be the collaboration between the DJ and MC or five MCs.”

The move will assist in preserving Hip Hop’slegacywhile increasing the public’s knowledge the revolutionary genreand culture.The Hip Hop Culture Council’s upcoming events include programs such as Chinaka Hodge’s new playChasing Mehserle,a pop-up party atDupont Underground featuring DJ Justin Reed and the 35th-anniversarycelebration the iconic Hip Hop film,Wild Style.

View all the Hip Hop Culture Council members below.