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Popular Music

Library resources on rock, jazz, hip hop, videogame music, and other popular genres

Rap and Hip Hop

Hip hop is an urban cultural movement which began in the 1970s among young African Americans living in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. Among its four original elements, rap, or the declaiming of semi-spoken rhymes over a musical beat, quickly became the element most widely associated with the larger hip hop culture. DJ-ing, or the manipulation of turntables, breakdancing, and graffiti are its other original elements. Rap and hip hop have had tremendous impact within popular music, lending its sampling and sequencing techniques to electronic dance music (EDM) and becoming the dominant undercurrent in R&B and recent African American popular music. Find below resources on different aspects of rap and hip hop.

Recommended Books

The recommended books below include works on a wide sampling of topics related to rap, hip hop, and recent R&B. Reference sources are classified in ML 128.R28 (bibliographies) and ML 156.4.R27 (discographies). Other books can be found in biographies (especially ML 420) and in types and styles of popular music (ML 3531). Books are sorted by their call numbers for ease of browsing. Hover over the info icon to see a description.

Interlibrary Loan

Users are encouraged to search for items beyond University Libraries' catalog via RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and WorldCat. Materials not available in print or online may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Please allow up to seven days for electronic delivery and up to fourteen days for delivery of physical items.