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Hip Hop: History
Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff Chang; D. J. Kool Herc (Introduction by)Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style. Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 60s into the new millennium. Here is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created.
Call Number: ML3531 .C5 2005
Publication Date: 2005-12-27
Darkest America by Yuval Taylor; Jake Austen; Mel WatkinsYuval Taylor and Jake Austen investigate the complex history of black minstrelsy, adopted in the mid-nineteenth century by African American performers who played the grinning blackface fool to entertain black and white audiences.
Call Number: PN1969 .M5 T39 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-27
Hip Hop America by Nelson GeorgeHip Hop America is filled with memories of the scene's nascent years, and it tells the story of rap both as an art form and a cultural and economic force--from the old Bronx nightclub the Fever to the age of Puffy.
Call Number: ML3531 .G46 1998 & Online Access
Publication Date: 1998-10-01
Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor (Artist)Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, The Hip Hop Family Tree is an encyclopedic comics history of the formative years of hip hop capturing the vivid personalities and magnetic performances of old-school pioneers and early stars.
Yes, Yes Y'all by Jim Fricke; Charlie Ahearn; Nelson GeorgeDocumenting hip-hop's remarkable genesis, this book tells its stories in voices that bristle with vitality, character, humour and menace, tracing the music from DJ Kool Herc's first parties in 1973 through the release of "Rapper's Delight" in 1979 and the rise of the new school in the mid 1980s.
Call Number: ML3531 .F75 2002
Publication Date: 2002-10-23
Online Video Resources
5 Sides of a Coin by Paul KellExploding the myth that Hip-Hop is merely 'rap music,' "5 Sides of a Coin" is an overview of the worldwide phenomenon of Hip-Hop. Today Hip-Hop is a multi-billion dollar industry and a socially relevant culture. "5 Sides of a Coin" features exclusive interviews and footage of Hip-Hop's pioneers, insiders, critics and fans, including Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jay, Gil Scott-Heron, RunDMC, Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies, Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike, The Pharcyde, DJ Spooky, The Stereo MC's and many, many more Hip-Hop artists interviewed around the world. Their voices define the culture in their own words: the good, the bad and the flossy. Embraced by a diverse cross-section of youth, Hip-Hop is a powerful force, one that transcends its commercial trappings and controversies, that stands alone as the number one youth movement in the world.
Call Number: Online Access
Publication Date: 2015
Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race And Identity by Robert A CliftThe ambitious and hard-hitting documentary BLACKING UP looks at the popularity of hip-hop among America's white youth. It asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation? Does it reflect a new face of racial understanding in white America or does it reinforce an ugly history?
Call Number: Online Access
Publication Date: 2014
Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes by Bill Winters, Byron Hurt, Sabrina Schmidt GordonHip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, long-time hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorising destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood.
Call Number: Online Access
Publication Date: 2006
Nobody Knows My Name: Women and Hip Hop by Rachel RaimistThis is a story of women who are connected by their love for hip-hop music. Despite the fact that these talented female artists exist within a culture that revolves around self-expression, the subjects of Rachel Raimist's documentary must struggle to be heard.
Through the candid study of these women, NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME explores a fascinating and diverse feminist community, which yearns to find a place in a male-dominated subculture that is, in itself, marginalized. Ultimately, Raimist succeeds in empowering these self-actualized women by giving them the voice for which they struggle.
Call Number: Online Access
Publication Date: 1999
Say My Name: Young Female Hip Hop and R&B Artists by Nirit PeledIn a hip hop and R&B world dominated by men and noted for misogyny, the unstoppable female lyricists of SAY MY NAME speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as female MCs. This worldwide documentary takes viewers on a vibrant tour of urban culture and musical movement, from hip hop's birthplace in the Bronx, to grime on London's Eastside, to Philly, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and L.A., and points in between.
Stretch and Bobbito: Hip-Hop Radio That Changed Lives by Bobbito GarciaDuring the 1990s, Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their radio show exceed 300 million. The late night program had a cult following in the art/fashion world and prison population as well.
Call Number: Online Access
Publication Date: 2015
TEDx Talks: Why Hip Hop is World Culture | Ian Lawrence
Source: Steemit. Best Hip Hop Artists
TEDx Talks: Hip hop, grit, and academic success: Bettina Love at TEDxUGA
This impassioned talk explains how students who identify with Hip Hop culture have been ignored or deemed deficient in schools because of mainstream misconceptions associated with Hip Hop culture. Through Hip Hop, these students embody the characteristics of grit, social and emotional intelligence, and the act improvisation- all of which are proven to be predictors for academic success. So where is the break down between formalized education and the potential for success for these students? Dr. Love argues that ignoring students' culture in the classroom is all but an oversight; it's discrimination and injustice that plays out in our culture in very dangerous ways.
The 'Hood Comes First by Murray FormanThe 'Hood Comes First looks at the increasingly specific emphasis on real neighborhoods and streets in rap music and hip hop culture as an urgent response to the cultural and geographical ghettoization of black urban communities. Examining rap music, along with ancillary hip hop media including radio, music videos, rap press and the cinematic 'hood genre, Murray Forman analyzes hip hop culture's varying articulations of the terms "ghetto," "inner-city," and "the 'hood," and how these spaces, both real and imaginary, are used to define individual and collective identity.
Call Number: Online Access
Publication Date: 2002-04-30
All about the Beat by John McWhorterThe bestselling commentator, hailed for his frank and fearless arguments on race, imparts a scathing look at the hypocrisy of hip-hop'and why its popularity proves that black America must overhaul its politics. One of the most outspoken voices in America's cultural dialogues, John McWhorter can always be counted on to provide provocative viewpoints steeped in scholarly savvy.
Call Number: E185.615 .M3538 2008
Publication Date: 2008-06-19
The Chican@ Hip Hop Nation by Pancho McFarlandThe population of Mexican-origin peoples in the United States is a diverse one, as reflected by age, class, gender, sexuality, and religion. Far from antiquated concepts of mestizaje, recent scholarship has shown that Mexican@/Chican@ culture is a mixture of indigenous, African, and Spanish and other European peoples and cultures. No one reflects this rich blend of cultures better than Chican@ rappers, whose lyrics and iconography can help to deepen our understanding of what it means to be Chican@ or Mexican@ today. While some identify as Mexican mestizos, others identify as indigenous people or base their identities on their class and racial/ethnic makeup. No less significant is the intimate level of contact between Chican@s and black Americans.
Hip-Hop Culture in College Students' Lives by Emery Petchauer"College campuses have become rich sites of hip-hop culture and knowledge production. Despite the attention that campus personnel and researchers have paid to student life, the field of higher education has often misunderstood the ways that hip-hop culture exists in college students' lives. Based upon in-depth interviews, observations of underground hip-hop spaces, and the author's own active roles in hop-hop communities, this book provides a rich portrait of how college students who create hip-hop--both male and female, and of multiple ethnicities--embody its principles and aesthetics on campuses across the United States
Call Number: LC191.94 .P47 2012
Publication Date: 2011-10-03
The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back by Andreana ClayFrom youth violence, to the impact of high stakes educational testing, to editorial hand wringing over the moral failures of hip-hop culture, young people of color are often portrayed as gang affiliated, “troubled,” and ultimately, dangerous. The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back examines how youth activism has emerged to address the persistent inequalities that affect urban youth of color. Andreana Clay provides a detailed account of the strategies that youth activists use to frame their social justice agendas and organize in their local communities.
Call Number: HQ796 .C5943 2012
Publication Date: 2012-07-02
The Hip Hop Generation by Bakari KitwanaThe Hip Hop Generation is an eloquent testament for black youth culture at the turn of the century. The only in-depth study of the first generation to grow up in post-segregation America, it combines culture and politics into a pivotal work in American studies. Bakari Kitwana, one of black America's sharpest young critics, offers a sobering look at this generation's disproportionate social and political troubles, and celebrates the activism and politics that may herald the beginning of a new phase of African-American empowerment.
The Hip Hop Wars by Tricia RoseIn The Hip-Hop Wars, Rose explores the most crucial issues underlying the polarized claims on each side of the debate: Does hip-hop cause violence, or merely reflect a violent ghetto culture? Is hip-hop sexist, or are its detractors simply anti-sex? Does the portrayal of black culture in hip-hop undermine black advancement? A potent exploration of a divisive and important subject, The Hip-Hop Wars concludes with a call for the regalvanization of the progressive and creative heart of hip-hop. What Rose calls for is not a sanitized vision of the form, but one that more accurately reflects a much richer space of culture, politics, anger, and yes, sex, than the current ubiquitous images in sound and video currently provide.
Call Number: HN59.2 .R68 2008 & Online Access
Publication Date: 2008-12-02
I Am Hip-Hop: Conversations on the Music and Culture by Andrew J. RauschAuthor Andrew J. Rausch interviewed 24 individuals whose creative expressions are intimately associated with the world of hip-hop music and culture. Those interviewed include emcees, DJs, producers, graffiti artists, poets, and journalists. Topics of these conversations cover the careers of each of these people and their contributions/affiliations with hip-hop, as well as their views on different trends within the music.
Call Number: Online Access
Publication Date: 2011-08-09
Muslim Cool by Su'ad Abdul KhabeerThis groundbreaking study of race, religion and popular culture in the 21st century United States focuses on a new concept, “Muslim Cool.” Muslim Cool is a way of being an American Muslim—displayed in ideas, dress, social activism in the ’hood, and in complex relationships to state power. Constructed through hip hop and the performance of Blackness, Muslim Cool is a way of engaging with the Black American experience by both Black and non-Black young Muslims that challenges racist norms in the U.S. as well as dominant ethnic and religious structures within American Muslim communities.
Call Number: E185.625 .K524 2016
Publication Date: 2016-12-06
Pimps up, Ho's Down by T. Denean Sharpley-WhitingUp, Ho's Down pulls at the threads of the intricately knotted issues surrounding young black women and hip hop culture. What unravels for Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting is a new, and problematic, politics of gender. In this fascinating and forceful book, Sharpley-Whiting, a feminist writer who is a member of the hip hop generation, interrogates the complexities of young black women's engagement with a culture that is masculinist, misogynistic, and frequently mystifying.
Call Number: E185.86 .S515 2007 & Online Access
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture by Thomas RiggsThis encyclopedia examines the history and contributions of hip hop to American and global culture, including the music, dance, and visual arts that are its artistic expressions. Entries also examine hip hop's influence in other arenas such as fashion, film, and poetry; its impact on education, politics, social activism, racial and ethnic identity, and globalization; and its many contributions to American, urban, black, and Latino cultures.
Call Number: Online Access
Publication Date: 2018-01-01
The Tanning of America by Steve StouteTraces how the "tanning" phenomenon raised a generation of black, Hispanic, white, and Asian consumers who have the same "mental complexion" based on shared experiences and values. This consumer is a mindset-not a race or age-that responds to shared values and experiences, rather than the increasingly irrelevant demographic boxes that have been used to a fault by corporate America."--
Therapeutic Uses of Rap and Hip-Hop by Susan Hadley (Editor); George Yancy (Editor)In perceiving all rap and Hip-Hop music as violent, misogynistic, and sexually charged, are we denying the way in which it is attentive to the lived experiences, both positive and negative, of many therapy clients? This question is explored in great depth in this anthology, the first to examine the use of this musical genre in the therapeutic context.
Call Number: ML3920 .T54 2012
Publication Date: 2011-09-02
Thug Life by Michael P. JeffriesHip-hop has come a long way from its origins in the Bronx in the 1970s, when rapping and DJing were just part of a lively, decidedly local scene that also venerated b-boying and graffiti. Now hip-hop is a global phenomenon and, in the United States, a massively successful corporate enterprise predominantly controlled and consumed by whites while the most prominent performers are black. How does this shift in racial dynamics affect our understanding of contemporary hip-hop, especially when the music perpetuates stereotypes of black men?
Call Number: ML3918 .R37 J44 2011 & Online Access
Publication Date: 2011-01-30
Total Chaos by Jeff ChangAmerican Book Award-winning journalist Jeff Chang assembles some of the most innovative and provocative voices in hip-hop to assess the most important cultural movement of our time.
Call Number: NX456.5.H57 C43 2006 & Online Access
Publication Date: 2007-01-09
Why White Kids Love Hip Hop by Bakari KitwanaOur national conversation about race is out-of-date. Hip-hop is the key to understanding how things are changing. In a book that will appeal to hip-hoppers both black and white and their parents, Kitwana teases apart the culture of hip-hop to illuminate how race is being lived by young Americans. He poses and answers a plethora of questions, among them: Does hip-hop belong to black kids? What in hip-hop appeals to white youth? Is hip-hop different from what R&B, jazz, and even rock 'n' roll meant to previous generations? What does class have to do with it? How do young Americans think about race, and how has hip-hop influenced their perspective? Kitwana addresses uncomfortable truths about America's level of comfort with black people, challenging preconceived notions of race. With this brave tour de force, Bakari Kitwana takes his place alongside the greatest African American intellectuals of the past decades
Call Number: ML3531 .K58 2005
Publication Date: 2005-05-31
Young Black Rich and Famous by Todd BoydIn Young, Black, Rich, and Famous, Todd Boyd chronicles how basketball and hip hop have gone from being reviled by the American mainstream in the 1970s to being embraced and imitated globally today. For young black men, he argues, they represent a new version of the American dream, one embodying the hopes and desires of those excluded from the original version.
TEDx Talks: Heroes and Villains: Is hip-hop a cancer or a cure?
When we prostitute things like misogyny and violence for the sake of entertainment, we perpetuate villainous ideas as heroic. Hip hop is one of our generation's perpetrators, but is also the art form that can turn this ship around.
Chicago Ideas Week Panel: How has hip-hop influenced mainstream pop culture? Hear how former music executive Steve Stoute, became the CEO of ad agency Translation, and, how he broke down cultural boundaries by bringing the untapped resource of hip-hop into the world of marketing.
Open Access Books (OER)
Holy Hip Hop in the City of Angels by Christina ZanfagnaIn the 1990s, Los Angeles was home to numerous radical social and environmental eruptions. In the face of several major earthquakes and floods, riots and economic insecurity, police brutality and mass incarceration, some young black Angelenos turned to holy hip hop—a movement merging Christianity and hip hop culture—to “save” themselves and the city. Converting street corners to open-air churches and gangsta rap beats into anthems of praise, holy hip hoppers used gospel rap to navigate complicated social and spiritual realities and to transform the Southland’s fractured terrains into musical Zions. Armed with beats, rhymes, and bibles, they journeyed through black Lutheran congregations, prison ministries, African churches, reggae dancehalls, hip hop clubs, Nation of Islam meetings, and Black Lives Matter marches. Zanfagna’s fascinating ethnography provides a contemporary and unique view of black LA, offering a much-needed perspective on how music and religion intertwine in people’s everyday experiences.
Publication Date: 2017-08-29
Know What I Mean? by Michael Eric Dyson; NAS (Contribution by)Whether along race, class, or generational lines, hip-hop music has been a source of controversy since the beats got too big and the voices too loud for the block parties that spawned them. America has condemned and commended this music and the culture that inspires it. Dubbed “the Hip-Hop Intellectual” by critics and fans for his pioneering explorations of rap music in the academy and beyond, Michael Eric Dyson tackles the most compelling and controversial dimensions of hip-hop culture.
Publication Date: 2007-07-10
Negro Soy Yo by Marc D. PerryIn Negro Soy Yo Marc D. Perry explores Cuba’s hip hop movement as a window into the racial complexities of the island’s ongoing transition from revolutionary socialism toward free-market capitalism. Centering on the music and lives of black-identified raperos (rappers), Perry examines the ways these young artists craft notions of black Cuban identity and racial citizenship, along with calls for racial justice, at the fraught confluence of growing Afro-Cuban marginalization and long held perceptions of Cuba as a non-racial nation.
Publication Date: 2015-12-25
Parodies of Ownership - Hip-Hop Aesthetics and Intellectual Property Law by Richard L. SchurWhat is the relationship between hip-hop and African American culture in the post--Civil Rights era? Does hip-hop share a criticism of American culture or stand as an isolated and unique phenomenon? How have African American texts responded to the increasing role intellectual property law plays in regulating images, sounds, words, and logos? Parodies of Ownership examines how contemporary African American writers, artists, and musicians have developed an artistic form that Schur terms ""hip-hop aesthetics.""
Publication Date: 2009-06-04
Race Music by Guthrie P. RamseyThis powerful book covers the vast and various terrain of African American music, from bebop to hip-hop. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., begins with an absorbing account of his own musical experiences with family and friends on the South Side of Chicago, evoking Sunday-morning worship services, family gatherings with food and dancing, and jam sessions at local nightclubs. This lays the foundation for a brilliant discussion of how musical meaning emerges in the private and communal realms of lived experience and how African American music has shaped and reflected identities in the black community. Deeply informed by Ramsey's experience as an accomplished musician, a sophisticated cultural theorist, and an enthusiast brought up in the community he discusses, Race Music explores the global influence and popularity of African American music, its social relevance, and key questions regarding its interpretation and criticism.
Publication Date: 2004-11-22
TEDx Talks: Hip-Hop & Shakespeare? Akala at TEDxAldeburgh
Akala demonstrates and explores the connections between Shakespeare and Hip-Hop, and the wider cultural debate around language and it's power.