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Suggested Reading

Hiphop Primer

 

Hiphop America
by Nelson George

Hip Hop America

This 1999 publication remains the definitive book on the significance of hiphop. It is Hiphop 101. Nelson George uses his considerable journalistic skills as he positions hiphop's beginnings and development within African American cultural, political and entertainment history.

 


The following books are also highly recommended for general hiphop background information. These are singled authored books that are regularly used in classes throughout the country.

 

Black Noise:
Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America


by Tricia Rose


Black Noise

 

Soul Babies:
Black Popular Culture And
The Post-Soul Aesthtic
by Mark Anthony Neal
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When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost:
A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down
by Joan Morgan
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Can't Stop Won't Stop:
A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
by Jeff Chang
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The Hiphop Generation:
Young Blacks and the Crisis In African-American Culture
by Bakari Kitwana
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Prophets of the Hood:
Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop
By Imani Perry
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Rap Music and Street Consciousness
By Cheryle Keyes
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From Bomba to Hip-Hop:
Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity
by Juan Flores
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Rap Attack #1
&
Rap Attack #2
by David Toop
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