By: Jodi Phillips

To kick off a two-week hip-hop festival, the National Symphony Orchestra will team up with Nas for two special performances to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Illmatic.

The One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide Festival will feature over 20 free and paid events that will feature elements of hip-hop including beatboxing, b-boying, MCing, DJing and more.

From now until April 13, performers, professionals, fans and experts in hip-hop will host parties, panels and theater performances to showcase the long standing success of the hip-hop world including Nas’ performance with the NSO, a “Black Girls Rock!” event with MC Lyte and Lauryn Hill, “Faith, Hip-Hop and the Common Good” concert with Russell Simmons and an appearance by Grandmaster Flash.

There are also new graffiti murals being created in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods.

Each event is listed on the Kennedy Center website with links to purchase tickets at necessary events.

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