Hip Hop Culture

Guide to Hip Hop Culture and Rap Music Resources.

A Concise Hip Hop Culture Bibliography

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

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

Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.

Fulton, Sybrina and Tracy Martin. Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2018.

Kendi, Ibram X. and Keisha N. Blain. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019. New York: One World, 2021.

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

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

Mealy, Todd M. The N-Word in Music: An American History. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2022.

New York Times Company. The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. New York: One World, 2021.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Hope, Clover, and Rachelle Baker. The Motherlode: 100 Women Who Made Hip-Hop. New York: Abrams Image, 2021.

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

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

National Museum of African American History and Culture and Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings. Washington DC: Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. Smithsonian Institution, 2020.

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.

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

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

Chuck D, et al. Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2017.

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

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

Scarface and Benjamin Meadows-Ingram. Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap. New York: Dey St., 2016.

Way, Elizabeth and Elena Romero. Fresh Fly Fabulous: 50 Years of Hip Hop Style. New York: Rizzoli Electa in Association with The Museum at FIT, 2023.

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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.

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

Ohriner, Mitchell. Flow: The Rhythmic Voice in Rap Music. Oxford University Press, 2019.

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

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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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.

Chuck D and Yusuf Jah. Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality. New York: Delacorte Press, 1997.

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.

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.

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.

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Bonnette-Bailey, Lakeyta M. and Adolphus G Belk. For the Culture: Hip-Hop and the Fight for Social Justice. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press 2022.

Bowen Sesali. Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist. New York: Amistad, 2021.

Brown, Ruth Nicole. Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy. Peter Lang, 2009.

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

Durham, Aisha S. Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

Herrera, Patricia. Nuyorican Feminist Performance: From the Café to Hip Hop Theater. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2020.

Hubbard, Shanita. Ride or Die: A Feminist Manifesto for the Well-Being of Black Women. New York: Legacy Lit 2022.

Morgan, Joan. When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost : My Life As a Hip-Hop Feminist. New York: Simon & Schuster 1999.

Oware, Matthew. I Got Something to Say: Gender Race and Social Consciousness in Rap Music. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Pabón-Colón Jessica Nydia. Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora. New York: New York University Press, 2018.

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

Rabaka, Reiland. Hip Hop's Inheritance: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Hip Hop Feminist Movement. Lanham, MD, Lexington Books 2011.

Sankofa, Waters Billye et al. Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Peter Lang, 2019.

Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean. Pimps Up Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women. New York: New York University Press 2007.

Smalls Shanté Paradigm. Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City. New York: New York University Press 2022.

Sullivan Mecca Jamilah. The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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