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Hip Hop at 50

Hip Hop at 50

For the last 50 years, hip hop has defined American culture across the worlds of business, education, entertainment, fashion, politics, technology, and more. For this golden milestone, the Kennedy Center partnered with to celebrate Hip Hop on the Nation’s Stage. Explore our stories below.

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Hip Hop Culture at the Kennedy Center

MC Lyte presents

An R&B Mother’s Day Celebration
with PJ Morton and MAJOR.!

Sun. May 12, 2024

Hip hop icon and founding Kennedy Center Hip Hop Culture Council Member MC Lyte presents a special Mother’s Day celebration with five-time Grammy®-winning soul singer, songwriter, performer, and producer PJ Morton and Grammy Award®–, Soul Train Music Award–, and NAACP Image Award–nominated soul singer and multi-hyphenate MAJOR.! These two legendary artists will host a one-night-only performance in the Concert Hall honoring mothers and mother figures.

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National Symphony Orchestra

Killer Mike & The Mighty Midnight Revival

Tue. May 21, 2024

A never-before-seen concert experience! Killer Mike is more than just a rapper—he’s a cultural icon. From his groundbreaking collaborations with Run the Jewels to his solo endeavors, Killer Mike’s music resonates with authenticity, raw energy, and a fearless commitment to speaking truth to power. Hear tracks from his newest, three-time Grammy-winning album Michael, and more, accompanied by the epic sounds of the Mighty Midnight Revival and the National Symphony Orchestra live.

National Symphony Orchestra

NSO at Wolf Trap: Nas: 30th Anniversary of Illmatic

Sun. Jul. 21, 2024 8p.m.

Three decades after Illmatic’s critically-acclaimed release, hip hop legend Nas performs the iconic album in its entirety—plus more music from his illustrious career—with the NSO! Released in 1994, Illmatic is the seminal debut from Nas and has long been considered one of the greatest hip hop records of all time with hits including “N.Y. State of Mind,” “The World Is Yours,” “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)” and “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.”

BeBe Winans

Fri. Jul. 26, 2024

ONE NIGHT ONLY! The renowned gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and producer captivates the Concert Hall.