Hagar, Steven, “Hip Hop; The Illustrated History of Break Dancing, Rap Music, and Graffiti,” New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1984.
This book is an excellent source on the history of rap music that can be used by both teachers and students. It one of the few books that have been written on this subject.
Hebdige, Dick, “Cut ‘N’ Mix; Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music,” New York: Methuen & Co., 1987.
This book gives an excellent history on Caribbean and Jamaican music. This book also has an excellent chapter on the history of rap and hip hop.
Toop, David, “The Rap Attack; African Jive to New York Hip Hop;” Boston: South End Press, 1984.
Good source for the history of the early years of rap and the influence African music had on rap.
Magazine Articles/Newspaper Articles
Cooks, Jay and Koepp, Stephen, “Time”: “Chilling Out on Rap Flash;New city music brings out the last word in wild style”, March 21, 1983, U.S. Edition.
Good source for explaining some hip hop terminology and dress.
Hager, Steven, “Village Voice:” “Afrika Bambaataa’s Hip Hop”, September 21,1982.
Good source on one of Hip Hop’s leading spokesmen.
Samuels, David, “The New Republic”: “The Rap on Rap: the Black Music that Isn’t Either”, November 11, 1991.
Excellent source on the history of rap music. Must be edited before student use.
Simpson, Janice C., “Time”: “Yo! Rap Gets on the Map; Led by groups like Public Enemy”, February 5, 1990.
Good source for information on rap groups such as Run-D.M.C. and Public Enemy.
Thigpen, David, “Time”: “Not for Men; Women Rappers are Breaking the Mold with a Message of their Own”, May 27, 1991.
Good source on female rappers.