infoPlaylist: Hip Hop

February 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

February is Black History Month and in conjunction with the campus diversity speaker event, Common “One Day It Will All Make Sense”  Librarians Jason Ezell and Laksamee Putnam have created this resource guide focused on the hip hop movement. Read on to learn more about the history of hip hop and gain a better understanding of how it influences our culture today.

History & Reference

Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement  by S. Craig Watson (ebook)

Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, the Music and the Culture edited by Mikey Hess (print)

That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (print)

Rap: Looking for the Perfect Beat (film)

Cornell Hip Hop Collection (website)

Baltimore Hip Hop (website)

The Hip Hop Archive (website)

Hip Hip bibliography (website)

Cultural Politics

Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture of Politics and Rap by Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar (print)

The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop  – And Why It Matters by Tricia Rose (ebook)

Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-Hop and Black Politics by Lester K. Spence (print)

Wish to Live: The Hip-Hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader (print)

Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity (film)

Do You Speak American? (film)


I Am Hip-Hop: Conversations on the Music and Culture by Andrew J. Rausch (print)

Rhyme Pays: Hip-Hop and the Marketing of Cool (film)

Rap, Race, and Equality (film)

Straight up Rappin’ (film)

Jay Smooth’s Ill Doctrine – Video Blog (website)


Hip Hop in American Cinema by Melvin Donalson (print)

To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hiphop Aesthetic by William Jelani Cobb (ebook)

Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop by Imani Perry (print)

Amiri Baraka (film)


Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization by Ian Condry (print)

Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA (print)

By Profession… An Artist: Contemporary Art in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and South Africa (film)


Hip Hop Dance by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar (print)

Harlem Shake Meme (website)

10 Hip Hop Dance Moves of the Last Decade (website)

After all this reading take a break and listen to the famous Rapper’s Delight, then check to see what others songs have sampled this Hip Hop classic at the Who Sampled database.


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