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Guide to Hip Hop Culture Resources

A Concise Hip Hop Culture Bibliography



Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, rev. ed. New York: The New Press, 2010.

Bogdanov, Vladimir. All Music Guide to Hip-Hop : The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-Hop. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2003.

Bradley, Adam. Book of Rhymes : The Poetics of Hip Hop. New York: Basic Civitas, 2009.

Bradley, Adam. Book of Rhymes : The Poetics of Hip Hop, 2nd edition. New York: Basic Civitas, 2017.

Bradley, Adam and Andrew DuBois. The Anthology of Rap. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.

Bynoe, Yvonne. Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip-Hop Culture. Oxford: Greenwood, 2005.

Cepeda, Raquel and Nelson George. And it Don't Stop : The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years. New York: Faber and Faber, 2004.

Chang, Jeff. Can't Stop Won't Stop : A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2005.

---. Total Chaos : The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. New York: BasicCivitas Books, 2006.

Charnas, Dan. The Big Payback : The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. New York: New American Library, 2010.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.

Coleman, Brian. Check the Technique : Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard, 2007.

---. Check the Technique Volume 2 : More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies. Vol. 2. Everett, MA: Wax Facts, 2014.

---. Rakim Told Me : Hip-Hop Wax Facts, Straight from the Original Artists : The '80s. Somerville, MA: Wax Facts, 2005.

Dean, Terrance. Hiding in Hip Hop : My Down Low Life in Hollywood and Hip Hop. New York: Atria, 2008.

Durand, Alain-Philippe. Black, Blanc, Beur : Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2005.

Dyson, Michael Eric. Between God and Gangsta' Rap : Bearing Witness to Black Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

---. Holler If You Hear Me : Searching for Tupac Shakur. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2001.

---. Know What I Mean? : Reflections on Hip-Hop. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2007.

Dyson, Michael Eric and Sohail Daulatzai. Born to Use Mics : Reading Nas's Illmatic. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2010.

Edwards, Paul. The Concise Guide to Hip-Hop Music: A Fresh Look at the Art of Hip-Hop, from Old-School Beats to Freestyle Rap. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.

Forman, Murray and Mark Anthony Neal. That's the Joint! : The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 2004.

---. That's the Joint! : The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2011.

George, Nelson. Buppies, B-Boys, Baps & Bohos : Notes on Post-Soul Black Culture. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1992.

---. Hip Hop America. New York: Penguin, 2005.

---. Post-Soul Nation : The Explosive, Contradictory, Triumphant, and Tragic 1980s As Experienced by African Americans (previously Known as Blacks and Before That Negroes). New York: Viking, 2004.

George, Nelson and The National Urban League. Stop the Violence : Overcoming Self Destruction. New York: Pantheon Books, 1990.

Gray, John. Hip-Hop Studies: An International Bibliography and Resource Guide. Nyack, NY: African Diaspora Press 2016.

Hess, Mickey. Icons of Hip Hop : An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2007.

---. Is Hip Hop Dead? : The Past, Present, and Future of America's Most Wanted Music. Westport: Praeger, 2007.

Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. New York: Nation Books, 2016.

Kitwana, Bakari. The Rap on Gangsta Rap : Who Run it?. Chicago: Third World Press, 1994.

---. Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop : Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes, and the New Reality of Race in America. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2005.

McCoy, Judy. Rap Music in the 1980s : A Reference Guide. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1992.

McFarland, Pancho. The Chican@ Hip Hop Nation : Politics of a New Millennial Mestizaje. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013.

Medina, Tony, and Louis R. Rivera. Bum Rush the Page : A Def Poetry Jam. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2001.

Mook, Richard. Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture : A Critical Reader. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co, 2007.

Neal, Mark Anthony and Murray Forman. That's the Joint! : The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 2004.

---. That's the Joint! : The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Orejuela, Fernando. Rap and Hip Hop Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Osumare, Halifu. The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop : Power Moves. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Perkins, William Eric. Droppin' Science : Critical Essays on Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996.

Pough, Gwendolyn D. Check it While I Wreck it : Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004.

Price, Emmett George. Hip Hop Culture. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2006.

Richardson, Elaine B. Hiphop Literacies. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Ro, Ronin. Bad Boy : The Influence of Sean "Puffy" Combs on the Music Industry. New York: Pocket Books, 2001.

---. Dr. Dre : The Biography. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007.

---. Gangsta : Merchandizing the Rhymes of Violence. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.

---. Have Gun Will Travel : The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records. London: Quartet Books, 1998.

---. Raising Hell : The Reign, Ruin, and Redemption of Run-D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay. New York: Amistad, 2005.

Rose, Tricia. Black Noise : Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1994.

---. The Hip Hop Wars : What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters. New York: Basic Civitas, 2008.

Saunders, Tanya L. Cuban Underground Hip Hop : Black Thoughts, Black Revolution, Black Modernity.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.

Serrano, Shea. The Rap Year Book : The Most Important Rap Song from Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed. New York: Abrams Image, 2015.

Shapiro, Peter. The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop. London: Rough Guides, 2001.

---. The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, 2nd ed. London: Rough Guides, 2005.

Stanley, Tarshia L. Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 2009.

Southern, Eileen. The Music of Black Americans : A History, 3rd ed. New York: Norton, 1997.

Toop, David. Rap Attack 3 : African Rap to Global Hip Hop. London: Serpent's Tail, 2000. 

Wax Poetics Anthology. Vol. 1. Brooklyn: Wax Poetic Books, 2007.

Wax Poetics Anthology. Vol. 2. Brooklyn: Wax Poetic Books, 2010.

Williams, Justin A. The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.


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