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Rap and Hip-Hop Research Resources: Reference Material

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Discographies

Hip-Hop and Rap dictionaries are a useful resource for navigating the subject's unique terminology.

Encyclopedias will most likely be useful for discovering specific information rather than comprehensive research material; however, they may provide helpful introductions. 

Discographies provide lists of sound recordings with information such as artists involved, the date and location, the title of the piece performed, release dates, chart positions, and sales figures.