Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture

Finding Articles in Databases

Suggested keywords: rap music, hip hop music, history, criticism, interpretation, African-American, music and race. Try searching by the name of the artist, as well.

Sample Articles

A special issue of the Journal of African American History in the Summer of 2005 covered the history and influence of rap music.

Books on Rap and Hip-Hop History in our library

Use the catalog to search for other books about rap and hip-hop using keywords such as rap music, hip hop music, influence, social aspects, African-American, popular music.

  • Rap: The Movement (a quick history appropriate for background reading, available online)
  • Black Noise by Tricia Rose (one of the best sources for the history of rap, available online)

Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation (Available in Special Collection on 3rd floor; non-circulating. You must read it in Special Collections or copy the pages needed).

Hip Hop America (available in Special Collections)

Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip Hop Story

Spectacular Vernaculars: Hip-Hop and the Politics of Postmodernism (includes historical information)

Prophets of the Hood

That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (available in Special Collections)

And It Don't Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years

Third Coast: OutKast, Timbaland, and How Hip Hop Became a Southern Thing

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

Brief Information on Individual Artists

Click the titles below to find the call numbers for these print sources:

Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture

All Music Guide to Hip-Hop

Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture (2 volumes; the first volume includes a timeline)

Subject Guide

Greg Johnson

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