The Kennedy Center released their seasonal announcements and named rapper Q-Tip as their first artistic director of hip hop culture. A founding member of the group A Tribe Called Quest, he is expected to begin curating performances this summer. According to the Kennedy Center’s press release, he will establish a program that reaches all disciplines by bringing the historic hip hop history to the Kennedy Center.
Nas was the first rapper to ever perform with the National Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Kendrick Lamar’s performance sold out last year and was an amazing performance. It’s exciting to know that hip hop is on the programming schedule for 2016. And it should be. Hip hop is a vital idiom and deserves a voice at the Kennedy Center.
Q-Tip noted that with the constant changes and elevation of hip hop that it is easy to forget the history of it. He wants people to have a better understanding of the journey, its present and create a powerful future. This new series, Hi-ARTS, will feature six events between July 2016 and June 2017.
The record-breaking Broadway play Hamilton is loaded with uncertain historical facts and musical references to popular hip hop songs. Unfortunately, they go over the heads of those that can actually afford the tickets. Realizing this, a video was actually put together to explain the rap references in the show. A few of the references are obvious like “Ten Duel Commandments” spun from Notorious B.I.G’s 1997 song “Ten Crack Commandments”. It’s important that the audience understands dueling was a ritual back then.
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Other references could be missed by even the most well-versed hip-hop fans. The refrain from “Meet Him Inside” was derived from DMX’s “Meet me outside” line from “Up In Here”. When the role of George Washington tells the audience, “You could have been anywhere in the world tonight, but you’re here with us in New York City” he is actually referencing Jay Z’s line from “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” “You could have been anywhere in the world tonight, but you’re here with me and I appreciate that”.
The show has built a tremendous fan base and countless awards.
Through 38 years of living, Kanye West has accomplished a lot in the music industry. His recent actions have drawn plenty of confused looks and criticism, though. Before the Grammy Awards, West tweeted that he wouldn’t attend the event unless given Album of The Year honors. He wasn’t nominated in that category, and then a song off his album claimed responsibility for Taylor Swift’s fame. A number of recent tweets called for help from Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Larry Page.
Apparently, Kanye West is walking around with over $50 million in debt, too. Stephen Colbert recently took West to task for his strange behavior on a segment of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Colbert cracks jokes and clowns on West for his myriad of tweets in the past couple weeks. For such strange behavior, Yeezy deserves the criticism, and Colbert brings the laughs for the viewing audience. The Late Show host isn’t the only late-night host to hand West some harsh words! Continue reading “Stephen Colbert Skewers Kanye West’s Recent Actions In Late Show Segment”