Hip Hop Resource Books

Students often ask me: where can I go to learn more about music history? The answer: books. The reason I like books is because they contain deep history, sustained argument, and they often provide footnotes and indexes–so that you can find other sources. Here are a few of my favorite books on popular and hip hop music:

Adam Bradley: Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop (2009)

Jeff Chang and DJ Herc: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (2005)

Jeff Chang: Total Chaos

Tricia Rose: Hip Hop Wars (2008)

Alan Light: Vibe History of Hip Hop

Nelson George: Hip Hop America

Mark Anthony Neal: That’s the Joint: Hip Hop Studies Reader

Gwendolyn Pough: Home Girls Make Some Noise

Eric Michael Dyson: Know What I Mean?

**There are many other books on music, and I do not mean to imply that other types and genres of music are not as important as hip hop.

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