The Kennedy Center named Q-Tip, Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming as three new "artistic partners" during its 2016-17 season announcement Tuesday. The center also announced a JFK Centennial, an inaugural hip-hop culture series and other programming.
A funny thing happened when the Kennedy Center decided to book Kendrick Lamar for a performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra last year: tickets sold-out in a snap, journalists flocked to Washington to cover the show, first-time visitors flooded the concert hall and the gig itself went off with flying colors.
It’s refreshing to hear that the Kennedy Center has decided to make hip-hop a pillar of its 2016 programming schedule, but it’s also a no-brainer. Hip-hop is America’s most vital contemporary pop idiom. It deserves a place at the Kennedy Center. "With hip-hop constantly changing and evolving, it is easy to forget the history and legacy that precede it," he said in a statement. "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."
The beloved rapper-producer and the New York-based arts and theater group, Hi-Arts, have curated a variety of programs that will take place at the Kennedy Center through 2016 and into 2017. RollingStone.com has the full article. Check it out below.