Hip Hop

Hip hop is a broad conglomerate of artistic forms that originated within a marginalized subculture in the South Bronx and Harlem in New York City among black and Latino youth during the 1970s.

The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981
Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop
My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy
Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove
One Day It'll All Make Sense
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
The Psychological Covert War on Hip Hop: The Illuminati's takeover of Hip Hop
The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama
The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy
Game Over: My Love for Hip Hop
Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption—from South Central to Hollywood
Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation
J Dilla's Donuts
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2: 1981-1983
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies
Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove
The Tao of Wu
Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop
The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters
Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America
Hip Hop America
The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981
The Big Payback
Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists
The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture
It's Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation
Hair for Mama by Kelly TinkhamThe Broke Diaries by Angela NisselThe Wake of the Wind by J. California CooperDiary of a Freedom Writer by Darrius GarrettThe Matter Is Life by J. California Cooper
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22 books — 14 voters
Big Freedia by Big FreediaIt's Bigger Than Hip Hop by M.K. Asante Jr.Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff ChangParental Discretion Is Advised by Gerrick KennedyGot the Flow by Carlos Salinas
Hip Hop/Rap Course
16 books — 16 voters

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149 books — 9 voters
Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff ChangEgo Trip's Book of Rap Lists by Sacha JenkinsBomb the Suburbs by William Upski WimsattDecoded by Jay-ZBlack Noise by Tricia Rose
Hip Hop History & Currency
145 books — 63 voters

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Nikesh Shukla
We'd taken up our positions on the benches between the school hall and a newly-installed outdoor basketball court. Being hip-hoppers, we were obliged to be obsessed with basketball. None of us had a ball.
Nikesh Shukla, Coconut Unlimited

Unlike the rhythms of literary poetry, then, the rhythms of rap are governed by something outside of the MC's own literary conceptions. Rap's beat serves an analogous purpose for the MC that meter does for the literary poet: Namely, it sets out the terms of a rhythmic ideal. One might even consider hip hop's beat as poetic meter rendered audible, clarifying the relationship beween metrical perfction and rhythmic innovation.
Adam Bradley, Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop

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