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.
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)
Spectacular Vernaculars: Hip-Hop and the Politics of Postmodernism (includes historical information)
That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (available in Special Collections)
Brief Information on Individual Artists
Click the titles below to find the call numbers for these print sources:
Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture (2 volumes; the first volume includes a timeline)