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Hip-Hop: Start Here

A general guide for researching history, culture, music and other topics of interest in hip-hop using the collection and online resources of CCBC Libraries.

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Topic description

Hip-hop (or hip hop) emcompasses a vast array of cultural innovations and influences in: music, dance, artistry, lifestyles and political thought. This guide will aid researchers in finding some of the books, articles and other resources on hip-hop that are available at the CCBC libraries. Click on the tabs above to view lists of hip-hop sources. Scroll downward to view an informational selection which summarizes hip-hop.

Hip-hop graffiti mural. One of the primary elements of hip-hop culture, graffiti (graf) was...

"Hip-hop graffiti mural. One of the primary elements of hip-hop culture, graffiti (graf) was..." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Ed. Colin A. Palmer. 2nd ed. Vol. 3. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. Gale U.S. History In Context. Web. 26 Mar. 2012

Hip-Hop: A summary


By: Bennett, Eric

Term for the youth culture that originated in the South Bronx, New York, in the 1970s.

Hip-hop includes Graffiti Art, Break Dancing, and Rap Music, but it is more than the sum of its parts. Hip-hop is a means of creative expression that gives voice to young, ethnic city dwellers. As historian Tricia Rose notes, “Hip-hop is a cultural form that attempts to negotiate the experiences of marginalization, brutally truncated opportunity, and oppression within the cultural imperatives of African American and Caribbean history, identity, and community.” 

(Click the link below to view this entire selection on the definition and origins of hip-hop. The selection was written for Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition. This selection and can be found online in the Oxford African American Studies Center database)

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