25 years after the album's critically-acclaimed release, hip-hop icon Nas teams up with the National Symphony Orchestra to stage a symphonic rendition of Illmatic, one of the most revered albums in hip-hop history.
A Pre-Performance Discussion is offered on the Associates Deck. These discussions offer insight and interpretation of the evening's performance. They begin 1 hour before the scheduled show time and end with plenty of time to reach your seat before the show starts.
Location: Associates Deck
Moderator: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Dr. James Peterson – Founder of Hip Hop Scholars Inc.; Content Creator; Author
Paul Butler – Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; MSNBC Legal Analyst; Author
Simone Eccleston – Director of Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Lawrence Cosby – Attorney; Social Media Influencer; Hip Hop Advocate
Jeriel Johnson – Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Recording Academy/The GRAMMYs