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Rap and Hip-Hop Research Resources: Latin American and Caribbean Hip-hop

Suggested Articles

1. Dennis, Christopher Charles. (2006). "Afro-colombian hip-hop: Globalization, popular music and ethnic identities." PhD diss., The Ohio State University. 

https://etd.ohiolink.edu/!etd.send_file?accession=osu1155174476&disposition=attachment

This dissertation looks into the role of Afro-Colombian youth in hip-hop and how this community uses this genre of music to evoke their struggles as a marginalized group of people. Simultaneously, this article delves into how their experiences molds their cultural and artistic production in contrast to the popular narrative of hip-hop culture within Colombia and the US.

2. Rivera, Raquel Zoraya. (2000). "New York Ricans from the hip hop zone: Between blackness and latinidad." PhD diss., The City University of New York.

http://search.proquest.com/docview/304590307?accountid=14553

Rivera studies the identities that Puerto Ricans must come to terms with, Latino and African, in terms of hip-hop culture which is dominantly African-American. Overcoming social expectations, US Puerto Ricans can easily transition from one community to the other, but they must also deal with the ethno-racial issues that have shaped American hip-hop.

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