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The library holds sound recordings of many rap and hip-hop recording artists. Use the catalog to search for artists or albums from Busta Rhymes to L L Cool J. Most are held at Residence Hall Libraries, but here are some recordings held at MPAL, as well as some useful online music services.
DatPiff: The Authority in Free Mixtapes
An online mixtape distribution platform providing free streaming and download services.
An online audio distribution platform providing free streaming and/or download services (depending on the preferences of whoever uploaded the content).
Lyrics and Song Analysis
Hip Hop and Rap Lyric Book
Call Number: MPAL: ML3531 H56H3
Publication Date: 2003
The full spectrum of this vibrant genre is represented in this book by nearly 100 artists, including: Cypress Hill, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliot, Eminem, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Notorious B.I.G., Run-DMC, 2Pac, and many others.
Rap: The Lyrics by
Call Number: MPAL: 782.42164 R182
Publication Date: 1992
This book contains the complete lyrics to 200 rap songs, with a history and overview of this musical form.
A crowd-sourced (and artist/producer-sourced) website for the collective annotation of rap lyrics/beats, from “Rapper’s Delight” to To Pimp A Butterfly. Also includes the tools Rap Stats and The Rap Map.
Dig deeper into music by discovering direct connections among over 367,000 songs and 126,000 artists (samples, remixes, covers, etc.), from Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B via Electronic / Dance through to Rock, Pop, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Jazz, Classical and beyond.
Instruction and Study
Check the Technique by
Call Number: MPAL: ML3531 C65C4
Publication Date: 2007
The format: One chapter, one artist, one album, blow-by-blow and track-by-track, delivered straight from the original sources. Performers, producers, DJs, and b-boys step to the mic to talk about the influences, environment, equipment, samples, beats, beefs, and surprises that went into making each classic record.
Making Beats by
Call Number: UIUC Online Collection
Publication Date: 2014-11-20
Based on ten years of research among hip-hop producers, Making Beats is the first work of scholarship to explore the goals, methods, and values of a surprisingly insular community.
Break Dance by
Call Number: MPAL: 793.3 N124B
Publication Date: 1984-09-01
Text and illustrations offer instructions in the various steps and techniques of break dancing.