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From Britannica Library Reference Center:

Although widely considered a synonym for rap music, the term hip-hop refers to a complex culture comprising four elements: deejaying, or “turntabling”; rapping, also known as “MCing” or “rhyming”; graffiti painting, also known as “graf” or “writing”; and “B-boying,” which encompasses hip-hop dance, style, and attitude, along with the sort of virile body language that philosopher Cornel West described as “postural semantics.” Hip-hop originated in the predominantly African American economically depressed South Bronx section of New York City in the late 1970s. As the hip-hop movement began at society’s margins, its origins are shrouded in myth, enigma, and obfuscation.



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Black America Again - Common
Call Number: CD 781.649 COMMO
Publication Date: 2016

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3 Feet High and Rising - De La Soul
Publication Date: 2001

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The Chronic - Dr. Dre
Publication Date: 2001
His solo debut, containing 16 tracks, effortlessly combines the sounds of '70s funk with early '90s gangsta rap to set the standard for the soon to emerge West Coast rap scene.

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DAMN. - Lamar, Kendrick
Call Number: CD 781.649 LAMAR KEN
Publication Date: 2017

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All Hail the Queen - Latifah, Queen
Publication Date: 1989
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The King and I - Notorious BIG, Faith Evans
Publication Date: 2017
A duets album that will take listeners through a unique journey of Faith and Biggie's relationship. The album features unreleased Biggie vocals and is packed with original productions by DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Stevie J, Salaam Remi, Chucky Thompson, Puff Daddy, and more

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The Best of Grandmaster Flash
Hip-hop music originally recorded 1980-1984 for Sugar Hill Records, except Step off megamix, a new recording.

Performed by Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Sadler), the Furious Five, and Grandmaster Melle Mel (Melvin Glover).

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The Best of N.W.A.
Publication Date: 2006
All tracks previously released, 1987-1991.
N.W.A. (Eazy-E ; Ice Cube ; Dr. Dre ; MC Ren ; and DJ Yella).

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Doggystyle - Snoop Dog
Publication Date: 1993



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The Anthology of Rap - Adam Bradley; Andrew DuBois (Editor); Chuck D (Afterword by); Henry Louis Gates (Foreword by); Common (Afterword by)
Call Number: 782.42164 AN
ISBN: 9780300141900
Publication Date: 2010-11-09
From the school yards of the South Bronx to the tops of the Billboard charts, rap has emerged as one of the most influential cultural forces of our time. In this work, the editors demonstrate that rap is also a wide reaching and vital poetic tradition born of beats and rhymes.

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Mo' Meta Blues - Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson; Ben Greenman
Call Number: 782.4216 QU
ISBN: 9781455501359
Publication Date: 2013-06-18
Mo' Meta Blues is a punch-drunk memoir in which Everyone's Favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world. He digs deep into the album cuts of his life and unearths some pivotal moments in black art, hip hop, and pop culture.

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Original Gangstas - Ben Westhoff
Call Number: 782.421649 WE
ISBN: 9780316383899
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
"A monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur,"

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The Crunk Feminist Collection - Brittney C. Cooper (Editor); Robin M. Boylorn (Editor); Susana M. Morris (Editor)
Call Number: 305.4209 CR
ISBN: 9781558619432
Publication Date: 2017-01-10
"For the Crunk Feminist Collective, their academic day jobs were lacking in conversations they actually wanted-relevant, real conversations about how race and gender politics intersect with pop culture and current events.

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The Big Payback - Dan Charnas
Call Number: 306.4842 CH
ISBN: 9780451229298
Publication Date: 2010-12-07
On this four-decade-long journey from the studios where the first rap records were made to the boardrooms where the big deals were inked, "The Big Payback" tallies the list of who lost and who won along the 40-year road to hip-hop's dominance.

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Writing the Future of Black America - Daniel Grassian
Call Number: 810.9896 GR
ISBN: 9781570037818
Publication Date: 2009-02-01
Trey Ellis -- Jake Lamar -- Colson Whitehead -- Paul Beatty -- Danzy Senna -- Allison Joseph and Terrence Hayes -- Suzan-Lori Parks.

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Hip Hop Family Tree - Ed Piskor (Artist)
Call Number: GRAPHIC 782.4216 PISKO ED V. 1
ISBN: 9781606996904
Publication Date: 2013-12-06
Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, The Hip Hop Family Tree is an encyclopedic comics history of the formative years of hip hop capturing the vivid personalities and magnetic performances of old-school pioneers and early stars

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The Extensive Hip Hop Rhyming Dictionary - Gio Williams
Call Number: 423.1 WILLI GIO
ISBN: 9781499119459
Publication Date: 2014-04-03
"Improve your written freestyle flow by 1200%"

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The Hip Hop Wars - Tricia Rose
Call Number: 305.89607 ROS
ISBN: 9780465008971
Publication Date: 2008-12-02
Hip hop's critics -- Hip hop causes violence -- Hip hop reflects black dysfunctional ghetto culture -- Hip hop hurts black people -- Hip hop is destroying America's values -- Hip hop is demeans women -- Hip hop's defenders -- Just keeping it real -- Hip hop is not responsible for sexism -- "There are bitches and hoes" -- We're not role models -- Nobody talk about the positive in hip hop -- Mutual denials in the hip hop wars -- Progressive voices, energies, and visions -- Six guiding principles for progressive creativity, consumption, and community in hip hop and beyond.

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When the Beat Was Born - Laban Carrick Hill; Theodore Taylor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596435407
Publication Date: 2013-08-27
Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks the musical interludes between verses longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born.



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Beats, rhymes & life: the travels of a Tribe Called Quest
Call Number: DVD 781.649 BEA
Publication Date: 2011
Michael Rapaport goes on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunite to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement. Rapaport captures the story of their tenuous relationship as personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to threaten their creative cohesion. Get a behind- the scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band, and what currently is at stake for these long time friends.

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NAS: Time is Illmatic
Call Number: DVD 782.42164 NAS
Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences - from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip hop scene in New York City - and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age twenty. Features interviews with his Illmatic producers, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier, and musical peers, including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys.


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