Music Hip Hop & Rap

15 04 2008

Rap/Hip Hop Background Information

Rap/Hip Hop Videos Style homepage Street movie review 

Rap/Hip Hop Description encyclopedia entry describing hip hop music 

Rap/Hip Hop Origins wikipedia entry about Griots Griot Images article by Vicki Fong from the Pennsylvania State University from Merriam Webster online dictionary 

Hip Hop Culture PBS special examining Hip Hop Culture 

The Evolution of Rap Music in the US in the last 20 years 

Jamaican influences lesson on the evolution of rap music in the US Encarta encyclopedia entry Blow Presents: The History Of Rap brief history of rap by Mark Lamarr music history of hip/hop rap web page provides a list of resources relating to rap music and hip hop culture

Rap Records

  • Sugar Hill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight”, Sugar Hill Label, 1979.

  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “The Message”, Sugar Hill Label, 1982.
  • Lightin’ Rod, “Hustler’s Convention”, United Artists, 1973.
  • The Incredible Bongo Band, “Apache”, Pride Records, date unknown.
  • Tom Tom Club, “Genius of Love”, Sire, 1982
  • Herbie Hancock, “Rockit”, CBS, 1983

Differences between Hip Hop and RapFashion

Wikipedia entry for Hip Hop fashion

A site to view or purchase hip hop fashion


A perspective on hip hop graffiti by Kevin Element

Wikipedia entry for graffiti



Types of raps:  boast raps, insult raps, news raps, message raps, nonsense raps, and party raps.


  • 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.